What Does a Roofing Contractor Do? What You Should Know Before Hiring One

By Millstream Construction

Investing in quality roofing is something that should be approached in a timely manner. Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against adverse elements. Its health plays an important role in your home’s structural well-being. 

What Does a Roofing Contractor Do?

When it’s time to get some roofing work done, either due to roof damage or old age, knowing what to expect from a roofing contractor can ensure the durability and efficiency of your roofing system. Let’s look at some standard roofing services a roofing contractor offers. 

Roof Inspection

Every roofing job starts with a roof inspection. This helps detect areas of leaks and damage and allows the contractor to give you a full estimate for the project. 

During the inspection, a contractor will assess the quality and condition of your roof, roof vents, gutters, and other areas relating to the roof. The contractor will also conduct an attic inspection, taking a good look at the elements under the roof, including the framing structure, attic ventilation, and insulation.

Roof installation

This involves installing a new roof on a home. A roofing contractor determines the best roofing materials for the job, handles the installation process, and performs an inspection when the job is complete. A quality contractor ensures the installation meets industry standards and the homeowner’s expectations. 

Roof Repair

Roof repairs are another important function of a roofing contractor. After extreme weather events, contractors are often busy fixing roof damage. In other cases, damage is caused by everyday wear and tear, causing leaks and other problems. 

A roofing contractor can identify the damage and handle the repair to get your roof back to tip-top shape.

Roof Replacement

Roof replacement is one of the reasons homeowners call a roofing contractor. A roof may need to be replaced when it’s damaged beyond repair, worn out, or at the end of its lifespan. 

A complete roof replacement involves tearing off the old roofing materials, disposing of them properly, and installing new ones. The contractor will also clean up roofing debris left behind by the replacement process.

Roof replacement can be a big job, so you want to work with an experienced contractor that gives you access to quality roofing materials and offers quality roofing services.

Roof Maintenance

Scheduling regular roof maintenance can eliminate the need for costly roof repairs and damages caused by the elements. Proper roof maintenance extends your roof’s lifespan, so you don’t have to worry about a premature roof replacement.

A roofing contractor will inspect your roof, check for signs of damage, and perform repairs before it is too late. They also apply maintenance coatings, replace missing or damaged roofing materials, and clean the roof and gutter.

Roof Permit

A permit is required for most Connecticut, Massachusetts & Rhode Island construction work. However, getting these permits approved can be overwhelming for a homeowner since it involves moving from one office to another.

Roofing contractors understand this process and get permits quickly. This saves you the time and hassle of moving up and down to obtain a permit for your roofing project.

Insurance Claims

Some roofing companies help homeowners handle insurance claims. They understand how the insurance claim process works, know how to read your policy, and will help you file a claim properly. The roofer will assess the damage, estimate the repair cost, and complete their work as required by the insurance policy.

Why it’s Important to Hire the Best Roofing Contractor 

While hiring a general contractor, a crew off Craiglist, or someone who knocks on your door after a storm may seem convenient, you won’t get the job done correctly. The consequences of a botched roofing job can be disastrous regarding safety and finances. That’s why hiring a licensed, experienced, and professional roofing contractor is important.

Here’s what you get with the best contractor:

  • Superior Knowledge and Experience

Professional roofing contractors have been in the industry for several years and have effectively completed all roofing projects. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of various roofing materials and the best techniques to work with each.

  • Compliance With Building Codes

When you hire an experienced roofing contractor to handle your project, you can be sure they will comply with local building codes. This can help you avoid costly fines, prevent leaks, and ensure safety. You’ll also not face the risk of replacing your roof again because of code violations.

  • Access to High-Quality Roofing Materials

Experienced roofing contractors have solid relationships with leading roofing manufacturers. This means they will have access to quality products and a broader selection of material types, colors, and brands. With this, you can find a material that best fits your situation.

  • Proper Safety Training

Professional roofing contractors have the safety equipment and training to work and walk on the roof safely.

  • Better Roof Warranty Opportunities

Professional roofing contractors with certifications from manufacturers have access to better warranties. The best roofer will offer a manufacturer’s warranty to protect you against material defects and a workmanship warranty to protect you against installation errors.

At Millstream Construction, we check all the boxes. We take pride in being a licensed, experienced, and reputable roofing contractor with a history of providing holistic roofing solutions and excellent workmanship. We offer a wide range of roofing services, from inspections to complete roof replacements, and can handle any scale of a roofing project. Our roofing technicians make the roofing process smooth and convenient for every homeowner. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing services.

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