When it comes to replacing your roof, it’s important to select a company that you know and trust. Generations of loyal customers have put their trust in Sears Home Services for roofing projects. We always focus on complete customer satisfaction and safety from start to finish on every roofing job we undertake. You can rest assured, knowing we will be there through the entire project and for years to come.
Avoid Roofing Scams
When Sears Home Services employees learned that a resident of Thomasville, North Carolina had been burned by a roofing scam, they leapt to her aid. The team solved the problem, installing a new roof valued at $14,000 in total roof replacement costs including labor and materials.
Those kinds of scams happen every day.
How, you ask? In this case, a man knocked on Barbara’s door and offered to fix the roof of her garage if she would pay him $3,200 up front. It was an offer she couldn’t refuse. Then, after beginning the job — with low-quality materials that weren’t covered by a warranty — the crew took off.
“The next thing I know, they were gone,” Barbara told Fox 8 News. “He took the materials with him — the roofing, which I had already paid for. It was mine.”
Unfortunately, Barbara’s story is just one of many examples of sham roofers and shady contractors. In fact, the Better Business Bureau reports that contractor work involving roofs, window sales and basement waterproofing results in the most frequent complaints of fraudulence.
Roofing scams happen often in Houston – especially after storms and hurricanes hit the area.
To prevent this or any kind of scam, you have to be prepared. So if you’re getting ready for a roofing job, the following 8 tips from Sears Home Services will help you prepare for the job and identify a reputable roofer who’ll take care of your home and complete the project successfully.
1. Don’t Roof Over Existing Shingles
Think twice about using a professional who advises “roofing over” existing shingles. A reputable contractor will repair the wood under the shingles. Placing new shingles over faulty wood or old shingles can shorten the life expectancy of your roof.
2. Measure Your Roof
Measure your roof in square feet to see how much material is needed to ensure the contractor purchases the right amount of material for your job. Roof materials are purchased in “squares.” Each square is the amount of shingles it takes to cover 100 square feet of roof.
3. Get an Accurate Estimate
Confirm that the contractor has factored in the entire roofing system to the project, including the right ventilation to reduce water buildup and modulate attic temperatures.
During a Sears’s in-home consultation, a representative explains your roofing options. We offer multiple shingle options to meet your budget and style including 3-tab, architectural and designer series—outstanding looks to customize your home. We also have options for ventilation, underlayment and gutters. Sears will give you an accurate estimate for your roofing project.
4. Install Protective Barriers
Make sure that the contractor installs protective barriers between the raw wood and the shingles to provide additional shielding from water.
5. Use Wind-Resistant Shingles
Be sure to factor wind resistance into shingle selection — it can make a big difference in terms of protection. Hurricanes and storms in Houston can wreak havoc on your roof if you don’t have wind-resistant shingles.
6. Choose Quality Materials
Quality roofing material and expert installation are essential for a long-lasting full roof replacement. Sears Home Services offers roofing products to provide lasting durability and improve the look of your home. We are the nation’s leading installer of Owens Corning Roofing Systems.
7. Check Your Roofer’s Credentials
Check to guarantee your roofing provider is licensed, insured and bonded, and has referrals you can contact to make sure the company is reputable.
Using Sears Home Services Houston is your best choice because we’ve been in the roofing business for more than 30 years.
If you choose Sears Home Services to replace your roof, a professional installer visits your home to determine the amount of roofing material needed, answer any questions you have and review the contract. The roofing materials are delivered directly to your house. The Sears Home Services roofing installers take care to protect plants and to clean up every day. When the job is done, Sears Home Services inspects the site with you and immediately addresses any issues.
8. Ask About a Warranty
A reputable roofer will guarantee their work. Sears Home Services in Houston backs all of its work through Trusted Warranties and Satisfaction Guarantee. At Sears Home Services, we know how stressful a home improvement can be. We’ll relieve you of the worry with our Satisfaction Guarantee. This includes:
- Written product limited warranty.
- Written labor limited warranty.
- Public liability protection.
- Worker’s compensation protection.
- Property damage insurance.
Choose Sears Home Services to Install Your New Roof
Sears has a long history of providing reliable products and service. Schedule a free consultation with a roofing expert to get your project started. Our representative will provide you with an accurate estimate and discuss your financing options to get a new roof over your head.