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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Roofing Advice To Prosper, Little Elm, Denton, and Oak Point

Here comes the parade of roofers.
Do you know how many roofers it takes to sell a roof?
All of them to say they'll do it cheaper....and sometimes better.

Texas will not protect you. Your town might require a license, which may require insurance, but it has been but a pittance. Prosper requires a $1000,000.00 general liability policy. No provisions are made for completed operations or product liability.

Translation: If your roof leaks later or the manufacturer will not honor the warranty, you are alone. Your homeowner insurance only covers sudden acts like fire, hail, wind... but not roofers, dogs, termites, pests, raccoons, rats, bad workmanship, or Atlas or Malarkey shingles.

If you want protection use a certified roofer. GAF Master Elite, Certainteed Shingle Master Roofer, or Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. That way you'll get a great warranty from a roofer that has been in business for some time, has insurance, has passed a test, is committed to ongoing training, and has a great local reputation. Otherwise you have a goofball on your roof. This is the status of roofing today: certified roofers or carpetbaggers.

Due to the seeming decline of the local BBB organizations into dues collecting outfits, you can turn to Angie's List.

Ask yourself this question: What was this guy doing last week? Where did he get his roofers? Has the ink dried on his card? Ask for December, January, February, or March references and then some older ones too. Look at his license plates, drivers license, and see if his BBB report is more than three years old. Most roofers, 80% according to the yellow page people, are out of business in two years.

What about hand nailing with hot dipped galvanized nails rather than shooting the roof on with electroplated nails?

This hail storm has sent you a new roof whether you want one or not as well as gutters, screens, windows, A/C repairs, and other stuff. Why make a quick decision? Take your time. If he needs an answer now the answer should be "No!"

What about the 300 Rule? Does your roofer know it? Too simple not to.

Take your time. Your roof is too important. It protects everything you own.

Jon Alan Wright
Jon Wright Roofing, Siding, and Windows
1915 Peters Rd., Suite 310
Irving, TX 75061
972.251.1818 Office
214.718.3748 Cell
972.554.8090 Fax

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