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Roofing 101

When the time comes to get some work done on your roof, you want to find the best person for the job. With so many different options available, it can be difficult to figure out who that might be. One of the biggest sources of confusion often comes from the terms used to identify the person you're looking to hire: roofing contractor, roofer, or roofing company. All of these are often a better option to choose for your job than a general contractor, but depending on the person you are speaking to, there may be some differences between them that you should be checking out.

Roofing Contractor / Company

Roofing contractors can take on a few different aliases, and are often the same as roofing companies. In general, this is someone who specializes in roofing, and may or may not have other traits. Most of the time a roofing contractor will carry out the work himself, but in a some cases they may subcontract out the work. There are also times when a roofing contractor may be employed by a roofing company. You should always ask questions such as whether the contractor has his own crew, have their own company, or use sub-contractors to help clarify the issue. All of these are standard practices in the industry and will help you understand what you're dealing with.


A roofer in general terms is simply someone who works on roofs or installs roofs. So this person may be a roofing contractor, a general contractor who also does roofs, an unlicensed contractor who works on roofs, or someone employed by a roofing company.
Because there is so much ambiguity surrounding this term, it's very important when hiring a "roofer" that you get some clarification from them. ASK QUESTIONS LIKE: Do they work with a crew? Do they work for a legitimate company? Do they own their own roofing company? Do they use subcontractors to do the job? How long have they been in business?

And as with any contractor you hire to do work on your home, be sure to get references as well as a copy of his/her driver's license, a copy of their liability insurance, and the name and address of the business. Then do something with the information like call a few references, google the company name, and call to verify the insurance.


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