Florida Roof Expert
6 things you should know before hiring a roofing contractor:
#1. Never sign an Authorization of Benefits or “AOB”. If project estimator, sales rep, or inspector presents you with a contract that doesn’t show the estimated price to replace your roof, DO NOT SIGN! Chances are, you are voluntarily eliminating all control and benefits received from your insurance company.
#2. Make sure your inspector spends at least 30 to 45 minutes on your roof. A lot of times, roofing companies hire sales reps who have no knowledge of roofing and are new to the industry. Make sure to ask questions to gain confidence in their knowledge of roofing.
#3. Verify the company your inspector is representing is licensed and insured. Request to see a copy of their license and insurance certificate. Ask if you can be to be listed as a certificate holder before the work is performed.
#4. Know the age of your roof. When was the last roof replacement? This information can easily be located online by searching permitting records within your local property appraisers website and building department permit-search by address.
#5. Find out the square footage of your roof. There are many IOS and Android apps available to estimate the total square footage of your roof. Use these tools to compare the total number squares in the contractors estimate so you know you’re getting a fair price. Many contractors inflate prices using exaggerated waste factors and flat-out incorrect hand measurements.
#6. Lastly, have the estimate state the estimated start date of the roof replacement. If your contractor or inspector can’t give you an accurate window to start your job, then he has no idea how backed up their production team is and you can be waiting months and up to a year for your roof to be replaced.
Using these six important points above will not only save you time and money, but give you peace of mind that you’re making the right decision about hiring a professional contractor to get the job right the first time and most importantly within a reasonable time to preserve the integrity of your most prized possession, your home.
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How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?
Before hiring a contractor for an estimate to convert your carport into a studio or master bedroom and wasting both his and your time, find out through your local municipality if they will give you the approval. Oftentimes, your contractor will request a “non refundable” deposit only to give you this bad news and justify the non refundable deposit because of going through the leg work in finding this out. It’s all part of the “permitting process”.
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
To obtain the City or County’s approval, an engineers report and architectural drawings are required to be submitted to a Plan Reviewer. This process can take time depending how detailed the report and drawings are for the Plan Reviewer. They may request changes to be made by both the design professional and/or engineer and depending on their availability this can be meticulous. There are several stages of inspections during the beginning processes to ensure plumbing, footers, electrical and framing work is up to code. If inspections are failed, this can delay the processes further. Having an open mind, patience and zero expectations will ease your stress level during the process. You should request your contractor be as transparent and up-front as possible. Good communication is key.
What do you love most about your job?
Building relationships and trust within my community is what we love most about our jobs. We’re family owed and operated and the principles we believe in are the same principles we live by.
What inspired you to start your own business?
To do things the right way and gain peoples trust.
Why should our clients choose you?
Quality. Care. Committement. I strive for transparency and open lines of communication. I’m not afraid to deny a project if we ar not all on the same page with the same expectations up front.
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