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9 Tips for Choosing the Best St Petersburg Roofing Company

The vast majority of homeowners will only replace their roof once, maybe twice, in a lifetime. This is a big decision for many homeowners. Many have never had to navigate their options before. Most homeowners instinctively want a roofing contractor that’s local to St. Petersburg. Given that preference, we’re offering nine tips for choosing the best St. Petersburg roofing company for your project.

Most homeowners have heard of traveling roofing companies that chase hail damage from town-to-town, then quietly disappear. Smart homeowners in St. Petersburg choose a local roofing contractor with a proven track record; a company that will be there if any warranty issues arise.

In some instances, homeowners will simply choose whatever roofing company offers the lowest price. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. If you get a bargain from a company that can’t provide a lengthy list of satisfied clients, you will likely end up with a substandard installation, which may or may not have a warranty. Consider these factors when comparing roofing contractors:

1. How long have they been in business in St. Petersburg?

If you choose a roofing contractor with no or little experience but who is offering you a great deal, you’re risking a lot of money with an uncertain outcome. The roofing contractor will be learning on your job and mistakes are nearly guaranteed.

Classic Roofing & Construction has been in business in St. Petersburg, Florida, since 2003, constructing hundreds and hundreds of roofs and other home improvements, using a variety of building systems and cutting-edge materials.

In terms of past performance, Classic Roofing & Construction has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, five stars client satisfaction rating on Facebook, five stars on Google, five stars rating on ReviewBuzz, five stars on Yelp and five stars on Angie’s List.

2. Who will perform the work?

When shopping for a St. Petersburg roofing company, ask who will actually do the work on your home. Many smaller roofing companies may subcontract out some, or all, of the labor to other contractors. Unfortunately for the homeowner, there’s no telling whether they are performing the roofing and construction according to the manufacturer’s requirements. This can result in substandard performance, either immediately or in the years to come. Additionally, if third-party contractors are unlicensed or not certified on a particular manufacturer’s building system, the warranty may be voided. Even more worrisome, the work they perform may not be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy.

Classic Roofing & Construction never outsources labor or expertise. We never use subcontractors on any project. Everyone that steps on your job site is a full-time, highly trained, licensed professional roofer, from our estimators and project managers, to our expert craftsmen. This is why we proudly back our work with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

3. Are the contractor’s crew members authorized installers, trained and certified?

Proper training is essential to installing a roof that will last and stand up to time and weather. Classic Roofing & Construction is a GAF Certified Contractor, which means we have spent considerable time, money and energy to have our employees certified through the GAF CARE training academy. The GAF CARE program educates our staff with best practices from across the industry.

Because material technology is ever-evolving with new and improved capabilities, this continuing education is required to stay current with the new products coming out every year. Everyone from our craftsmen, project managers and estimators, to our field supervisors are trained at the GAF CARE academy. We want everyone on our staff to continue to learn and grow in their profession.

Classic Roofing & Construction has earned several professional designations, including GAF Master Elite Residential Roofing Contractor, GAF Golden Pledge Weather Stopper Limited Warranty and GAF Certified Solar Installer.

4. Will the roofing contractor remove the old roof?

Some roofing companies install new shingles over an old roof. This may save time and decrease the roofing company’s labor costs and perhaps save the homeowner some money.

But this approach is often a bad idea. The first problem in applying another layer of shingles atop the old roof is that it adds considerable weight to an aged roof that may need new decking or rafters. The second problem is it doesn’t reveal any underlying problems, such as water penetration or rot. Such a scenario typically leads to costlier consequences over time. We can offer more guidance after personally inspecting your current roof.

5. Is the roof company licensed and insured?

Under Florida law, roofing contractors must be licensed and insured. If you are shopping for a St. Petersburg roofing company that doesn’t provide proof of licensing and general liability insurance, choose another contractor.

In our informational packet for homeowners, Classic Roofing & Construction provides copies of our general contractor’s license #CGC1529795, roofer’s license #CGC1529795 and our general liability insurance.

6. Can you see proof of past work?

Seeing photos of previous work can be helpful in comparing companies, as can talking to other customers. Ask about the companies’ responsiveness and care for the homeowners’ property.

Classic Roofing & Construction can provide a list of referrals in the St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater areas who have worked with us for roofing and solar panel installation.

7. Has severe weather damaged your roof?

If your roof has been damaged by a storm or other natural disaster, you may have a different approach to searching for a roofing company. It’s wise to contact your homeowner’s insurance immediately. The insurance company will ask to have an inspection performed to estimate the damages before any repairs begin. It’s also recommended not to sign a contract with a roofing company until your insurance company gets back to you with an estimate or a check for repairs.

8. Compare warranties.

Before choosing a St. Petersburg roofing company, ensure you review all warranties offered by each company. Classic Roofing & Construction offers peace of mind to its clients with the most comprehensive roofing warranties in St. Petersburg and surrounding communities. Our warranties include:

50-year material warranty. We use only the best roofing materials from the best manufacturers to guarantee you a 50-year warranty on your roof.
25-year workmanship warranty. Because our craftsmen are such trained professionals, we can offer this lengthy workmanship warranty.

9. Does the roofing contractor require full payment before work starts?

If a roofing company asks for payment in full upfront before work starts, choose another roofing company. This is likely a scam to get your money and the company in question will never be seen again.

Reputable roofing companies will require a deposit before they start work and further payments to be made in installments as work is completed and passes inspection with local code inspectors, and the insurance company if necessary.

Meeting With Our St. Petersburg Roofing Company

Every member of our team at Classic Roofing & Construction takes great pride in our individualized service, technical expertise and honest communications with our clients. Our reputation has been carefully built and maintained over the last 19 years, striving to be St. Petersburg’s most recommended roofing contractor. We hope you will reach out to schedule a consultation.

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