Is there a difference between a Roofing Company and Roofing Contractor?

When looking to repair or replace your roof, you want to make sure the job is done right. As you begin your search for a certified roofing company, you may come across regular and roofing contractors and wonder if there are pros and cons to choosing over the other. We’re here to help you differentiate between a certified roofing company and contractor, so your roofing needs are met:

Roofing Companies

Typically, roofing companies specialize in a variety of areas, including roofing. These companies employ a team of licensed roofers that have experience in the industry, and likely, your company will offer a warranty on completed roof. When working with a company, you can expect your roofing team members to be part of the company, so work will not be contracted out on an as-needed basis. This ensures that all roofers are licensed, and additionally, undergo a background check before doing any work on your home.

As most roofing companies are licensed and provide roofing warranties, it does not mean all companies will exceed your expectations. To make sure you hire a quality roofing company, it’s important to ask for references and other information to make sure the company performs quality work.

Roofing Contractors

Like roofing companies, a roofing contractor is still licensed by the state and specializes, specifically, in roofing. As a roofing contractor may complete the project by his- or herself, make sure to ask if the contractor plans on hiring any others to complete the work, as these individuals could be general contractors that lack a specialization.

Additionally, when working with a contractor for your roofing needs, make sure to ask the following questions:

  • Do you have a company and physical address?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • Do you have a roofing contractor license?
  • Do you offer any warranties for your work? For how long?
  • Do you have any references?

If your contractor replies ‘no’ to any of these questions, you may want to look elsewhere for a qualified roofing candidate.

So, Who’s Better?

Depending on what types of materials and work you want done on your roof, a company or contractor may be a better fit. If you’re looking to replace or repair your roof with standard materials – like asphalt shingles or metal – a roofing company can provide a team to quickly, but effectively get the job done. However, if you are looking to install a unique roof with atypical roofing material, hiring a contractor who has non-traditional experience and a portfolio to support the experience may be the better option. Other factors, including time, personal connection and warranty, may affect who you hire, too.

If your roofing company or contractor is licensed and provides a roofing warranty, it is up to you whether to go with one or the other. At Herbert Roofing Company, we work with our clients to help them make the best roofing decisions for their home. If you’re unclear on who to hire, contact us; we’re happy to walk through the roofing process and hear what your roofing goals are for your home.

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