When it comes time to replace or repair your roof, you want to make sure the job is done the right way – and by the right person. With roofing companies and roofing contractors vying for business in the Saginaw area, it can be difficult to navigate who the right person is for the job. On top of these terms, you may have heard ‘roofer’ used, too. Roofing companies and contractors can both be good to hire for roof repairs, but there are some slight nuances between the two you’ll want to know before signing on the dotted line.
A roofing company specializes in roof repairs and replacements, but usually has several other areas of expertise, too. For roofing, specifically, a company will be made up of licensed roofers that may have gone through extra training at their company. If working at a reputable roofing company, these roofers also go through an extensive background check before being hired onto the roofing team. Because of extra training and specific material certifications, roofing companies offer extended warranties that only certified installers offer. In order to maintain these certifications, roofing companies invest in their people and do not hire outside roofing contractors frequently.
It’s important to do your due diligence with any roofing company you want to hire. Ask for a written quote and references to understand the value a company can bring to your home. Especially if you are working with specialty materials, you want to make sure your roofing company has the proper experience and warranties associated with the roofing material.
Separate from roofing companies who have a team of roofers, roofing contractors are licensed roofers who work for themselves. Roofing contractors are excellent people to hire if you have smaller repairs that need to be done on your roof. However, if you have a big roofing project, a contractor may have to subcontract work out to other roofers.
In all cases – but especially with roofing contractors – it’s important to understand licensing and warranty information of the roofing contractor and any other roofers working on your home. Make sure to ask for license information and what systems are set in place to protect people working on your roof, as well as warranty information regarding the longevity of your roof.
At times, roofing contractors can also be employed by roofing companies. To help clarify the role of a contractor within a roofing company, always ask for license information and the training received with the specific company.
In addition to the terms roofing company and roofing contractor, many people throw out the term ‘roofer’ in association with both words. The word roofer is used to identify a person who works on roofs. If someone uses the term, ask what they mean by ‘roofer’, and get clarification that the employee or contractor is licensed by the state of Michigan and has up-to-date certifications.