Thinking of getting a new roof? Then you need some down-to-earth insights. Who better than to provide you with guidance than an experienced roofer? Our “Contractor Insights” feature brings you responses to key areas of roofing every homeowner should know. This month we’re featuring Carlton Kohler, owner of Elite Exteriors out of Hoschton, Georgia.
Q: What are the top three things homeowners should ask a roofer about when looking for a replacement roof?
A: It’s really important to ask about the roofer’s labor and material warranties. After that, find out about the reputation of the manufacturer of the roofing shingle that the roofer is recommending. A third thing to dive into is to find out what the value is of this roof compared to its competitors. On our website, we actually have a list of 13 questions that you should ask a roofer to gain knowledge and peace-of-mind. Anyone is welcome to download the list with the insightful answers.
Q: Why should homeowners seriously consider composite roofing when looking for a roof?
A: Composite roofs are environmentally friendly, they can last 50 years or more, plus they are fade resistant. In many areas homeowners have reduced insurance premiums when they have composite roofing. Best of all, there’s greater peace-of-mind knowing you’re safe during hail and wind storms when you have composite roofing overhead.
Q: What are your best “homeowner survival tips” for getting through a roofing installation?
A: Reroofing can be a huge inconvenience. Living in an active construction zone is difficult. A reputable roofer knows this and should be able to limit your exposure as best as possible. Talk to your contractor beforehand about minimizing the length of the job — two days if possible.
Q: If there’s storm damage involved to a roof, what tips do you have for a homeowner working with an insurance adjuster?
A: First, reach out to your roofer BEFORE you call your insurance company. Second, when selecting your roofer, make certain the roofer has experience dealing with insurance claims.
Q: Why has your company chosen to recommend DaVinci composite roofing to your customers?
A: DaVinci has been the leader of synthetic shake year after year. The product has stood the test of time. The support from the manufacturer has been great, and the appearance of the final product really sells itself.
Learn more about DaVinci Roofscapes here.
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