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5 Basic Factors Homeowners Should Look For When Hiring a Roofing Contractor





Having a secure roof is one of the most important aspects of a home and installing or repairing a roof can be very expensive. Considering that roofing is the first line of defense against weather elements, it is important that homeowners hire the best Roofing contractor possible. In this article, we look at the basic factors homeowners should consider when hiring a contractor.


By offering a guarantee, the contractor provides a sign of confidence in their work. Homeowners should look out for the guarantee that the contractor is offering for the works to be done and the warranty period for the roofing materials. Ordinarily, manufacturers cover the warranty for the materials, which may extend up to 25 years for some products, while the contractor covers the works. The roofing contractor should guarantee at least one year for the works. Homeowners should inquire from the roofing contractor what is covered under each warranty.


Most cities, counties, and states require contractors to have an operating license. If your area requires such licenses, consult the licensing office whether your roofing contractor’s license is up-to-date or whether he has any violations. Having a valid business license from the state is an assurance that the contractor is in good standing with the state and is known to operate under good practices. In the event of customer dissatisfaction, a customer may appeal to the licensing board.


Does the contractor have an insurance cover for their employees in case of on-site accidents? Further, does the contractor have an insurance cover for any damages that may occur to the client’s property during the period of the contract? By ensuring that the contractor has an insurance cover, the homeowner will shield themselves from the medical bills or other costs which may result from on-the-job injuries or damages.

Workers skills, experiences and/or certifications: it is important to enquire about the expertise of the workers who will be deployed to the site. Are there any laws or state regulations governing the licensing of such workers? Do the employees meet the required standards to be working in their specialized areas? In addition, it’s important to look out for the level of safety training. Combined, all these will ensure the quality of work and minimize the probability of on on-job injuries.

Contractor’s reputation:

Ask for details of the previous assignments handled by the contractor. Follow up with the clients and ask whether they were satisfied with the quality of work delivered by the roofing contractor. You may consider checking with the Better Business Bureau on any complaints about the contractor and how they dealt with them.

Review of iRoofing App

In our day and age there is an app for everything.  I work as a Roofer in Birmingham and I found this app for roofing contractors.  So far I’m pleased with the results.  This app works to save money and time.  One of the top features is the app has social media, video and feedback links so potential customers can research you before they buy from you.

This app has the tools to display a roof’s details, design study, and can even map out and proposed plans for a new installed roof.

With the paid version of the app Birmingham Roofing Contractors like myself can use the app to find and get more leads, complete proposals, which in turns increases sales.

 This is a breakdown of what I like about this and what I don’t like, and how it has eased my workload.

What I Like


  • I can access building approval forms technical information, and installation guides
  • It provides accurate information about roofing suppliers if I need something to complete a project
  • If I use Google Maps in conjunctions, I can determine the roof pitch.
  • Also if using Google Maps I am able to accurately measure the roof.
  • The app allows me to show what the end project will look like to show potential customers.
  • I can provide examples of different shingles or tiles with my potential customer.
  • The app allows me to order materials while onsite.
  • Any proposals, plans, documents, and images can be printed or emailed directly from the app while onsite if need be.
  • Any material ordered through the app can be modified at any time.
  • Besides showing images of a finished project I can provide different images and angles of a customer’s new roof.
  • The app provides a list of other Birmingham roofing contractors if I need help or advice about a project.
  • Every roofing manufacturer’s full line catalog is available.

What I Don’t Like


  • The cost.  This isn’t a free app and it shouldn’t be, but I still don’t like paying $49 for the residential part and $89 for the commercial.
  • Being a newer app, it’s still a little glitchy.  It crashes every now and then, requiring I reset my phone or tablet.


The Likes greatly outweigh the dislikes, and when they perfect the running of the app that it operates smoothly, there will be very little to complain about.  So if any of my Birmingham roofing buddies out there read this – I know Gary will – get this app – it will save you a ton of time and money.