If you’re a homeowner on this website, you have roofing questions. Who better to answer than experienced roofers? Our “Contractor Insights” feature brings you down-to-earth responses to key areas of roofing every homeowner should know. This month we’re featuring Todd Knight, president of Dynasty Roofing, Inc. located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Q: What are the top three things homeowners should ask a roofer about when looking for a replacement roof?
A: Actually, I’m going to tell you the top ONE THING you need to do. Ask if the contractor is fully insured, and then ask to see their certificate of insurance. This is so critical. Having an insured contractor protects the homeowner in case of property damage. It also is a sign that the contractor is a professional and takes his profession seriously.
Q: Why should homeowners seriously consider composite roofing when looking for a roof?
A: Composite roofs are considerably more durable against extreme weather and hail. Also, the added thickness and texture of a composite slate or shake roof offers a beauty and elegance to the roof that simply is not available in lesser products.
Q: What are your best “homeowner survival tips” for getting through a roofing installation?
A: Unspoken expectations are where most projects go sideways. Make sure to speak up and clarify your expectations with your roofer. It’s important to tell your roofer what’s most important to you. For example, protecting your landscaping? Timing of the start or completion of the project? Resolving a specific roof issue? Talk about these things with your roofer.
Here are some other tips. Make plans to park your cars overnight in another location, because your garage may not be accessible. If you work from home, know that this is a noisy project, so consider an alternative location to do your work. You may even want to kennel up pets because of the same reason. Finally, choose the contractor you TRUST the most during the bidding process. That’s the one with good character that you’ll want to work with.
Q: If there’s storm damage involved to a roof, what tips do you have for a homeowner working with an insurance adjuster?
A: It’s always advisable to have your contractor-of-choice present during the initial insurance inspection. Let your adjuster know ahead of time that this will happen. A good contractor can help simplify a cumbersome insurance process and help provide you with peace-of-mind.
Q: Why has your company chosen to recommend DaVinci composite roofing to your customers?
A: Our customers are always thrilled with the beauty, elegance and durability of the DaVinci products. They love the results, and we’ve enjoyed the ease of installing the DaVinci products.
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