HOW TO CHOOSE A ROOFER

Why It’s Important to Choose the Right Roofing Contractor
When it comes to DIY projects, roofing is somewhere near the bottom of the list. Leave it to the professionals to get this job done. Roofing is a dangerous job that needs to be handled by a professional contractor to ensure that the job is completed safely and efficiently. That way, you won’t have any leaks in your ceiling or broken bones! At Walton Residential Services, your safety and home are very important to us. Our roofing contractors always ensure that your roof is installed properly. Not only that, but a better roof will improve the overall quality of your home. And we’ll do this all while meeting the necessary codes and regulations in a timely manner.

 

Hire a Professional
When you hire our roofing contractors at Walton Residential Services, you can trust that they aren’t your average joe with a hammer. Our crews and staff have extensive training, considerable experience in the field and knowledge of the most up to date roofing technology. Find out about the roofer’s experience. How long have they been in business? Are their employees professionally trained? We have been in business since 1961. It’s also important to hire a professional for insurance reasons. We offer you peace of mind.

 

Choose Quality Work
When choosing a contractor, it’s important to remember not to let price dictate your final decision. Go with the contractor that’s going to do the best and highest quality work. In this line of business, there are no shortcuts or corners to cut. In this case, you really do get what you pay for. So be smart, and choose quality craftsmanship that will last. You never want to be stuck with a caved in roof in the middle of a rainstorm!

 

Communication is Key
Make sure you have a plan that both you and your contractor have clearly discussed and agreed upon before any actual work takes place. Some good topics to talk about before the job gets started are time of completion, the size of the crew your contractor will need and how long it will take. Make sure you’re satisfied with the end job and that both ends of the agreement were upheld. If any of these topics aren’t addressed upfront, then that’s when issues could potentially arise. Choose a contractor that communicates their plans clearly and thoroughly with you so there are no unpleasant surprises.
We hope that these tips help you choose the right roofing contractor. At Walton Residential Services, we know that our roofing contractors are the right fit for the job. We are located in Houston, Texas and proudly serve the greater Gulf Coast area.

 

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Q&A

 

1. When purchasing a roofing job, what should I expect?
Answer: Our team of roofers will come out, introduce themselves to you, professionally remove your old roof, install your new roof and leave your roof and yard areas completely clean (no debris or nails).

2. What can go wrong?
Answer: You sign a contract, pay a down payment and never see the roofer again. If they haven’t been around for a long period of time there is no guarantee that they will be around to do any repair or warranty work that your roof may need. Play it safe with a professional contractor and call on references before purchase.

3. What can I do to protect myself?
Answer: Select a contractor that has operated in your community for at least ten years. Walton Residential Services has been servicing the Gulf Coast since 1961. Do not give money for any work that has not already been done.

4. Are all roof contractors listed on the web legitimate?
Answer: No. Always ask for at least three references and call them. Anyone can make claims on the internet. Make sure your contractor has been in business for at least 10 years.

5. How do I know which roof to buy?
Answer: Most asphalt shingles in Texas last about half of the marketed warranty. So, a thirty-year warranty would really only last about fifteen years. There are some shingles that carry a very long extended warranty. They are not perfect, but if you are careful and close the loopholes, they might be a good investment. Your roofing specialist is there to assist you with your choice.

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Getting An Accurate Roofing Quote From Roofing Contractors
-Roofing quotes can vary widely depending on the roofing contractors you choose. Be sure you’re comparing similar materials and craftsmanship by keeping these essential roofing quote requirements in mind.
One of the most important home improvement investments you can make is having a new roof installed. The roof protects your home and everything in it from the elements while shielding you from the worst of the cold and heat year-round. A top quality job can last for decades while a poorly installed or faulty one can lead to leaks, mold, mildew and more after just a few years. To make sure you’re getting the best, get quotes from at least three roofing contractors and compare what they are offering. For accuracy, a reliable quote should contain several important elements, including:
 
A Materials List From Roofing Companies
 
-Not all shingles are created equal and even materials such as slate can vary widely in cost and quality, so be sure that you get an itemized list of all the products they’ll use from the shingles themselves to the kind of nails they’ll install. Look for name brands, sizes, weights and other significant details so that you can fairly compare estimates. Roof decking materials, insulation and other factors can substantially change the price of an estimate, so ask questions if one estimate uses materials that are substantially different than those other companies recommended. Also ask about the manufacturers’ warranties on the products; those with longer warranties will generally last longer.
 
Clean Up And Disposal
 
-The best roofing companies always clean up after themselves. If you come home to a gorgeous new roof but your yard is littered with wrappers from shingles, nails and old felt, call the installers and let them know the job isn’t done. To avoid this, make sure every quote includes the cost (if any) for clean up and disposal of all old materials and any scrap or excess new products left over from the installation.
 
If you’ve carefully compared quotes from several roofing contractors and still aren’t sure which to go with , ask for referrals and contact them. Also ask friends and relatives in the area if they are satisfied with their roof and who did the work for them. You’ll often discover that your neighbors can give you great recommendations.
 
Call Walton Residential Services today at 713-674-9777 for a free no obligation estimate. We’ve got you covered!