Staying safe during Covid-19 pandemic? What to ask the roofer over the phone?

The first conversation you’ll probably ever have with a potential roofer is likely going to happen over the phone. It can be hard to get a sense of who’s professional, who’s reliable, and who’s worth investing further time in. At Accent Roofing, we’ve worked with hundreds of customers who have been “burned” by unprofessional or, worse, unscrupulous roofing companies they didn’t know how to properly vet. At the end of the day, we want everyone in need of roofing services in north Georgia to end up with the fit that’s right for them. Here are our suggestions for exactly what to ask a roofer over the phone. What is your legal business name?Any reputable roofer will be able to give you an answer to this question quickly. It’s fine if a roofer doesn’t necessarily do business as his business name, like in a situation where his company’s legal name is “”ABC Roofing Tristate Incorporated” but he generally markets as “ABC Roofing.” In fact, Accent Roofing is so well-known here in Georgia as the “Leaksmith,” some people even think that’s our business name from time to time! What’s not okay is for a roofer to give you a convoluted or cagey answer that leaves you questioning how exactly to confirm they are who they say they are. What kind of insurance do you have?Did you know that here in Georgia, all contractors are required to have liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000? It’s important that the roofing company you choose is fully insured, and ideally even more than the state minimums. When asked, your roofer should be able to send you a copy of their policy easily. Beware any roofer who answers this question with something confusing like, “Well, my company’s not insured but all my guys are, so don’t worry!” Who will be working on my roof?You’d be shocked how many Georgia roofing companies use subcontractors to do all their roof work! There’s nothing inherently wrong with this practice, but you should certainly know ahead of time. You don’t wait to be expecting ABC Roofing to show up and have the XYZ & Sons truck pull up. Ask your potential roofing partner who, exactly, will be handling your job, and who you can expect to be on site. They may not have the complete schedule right then and there, but they should even give you specific employees’ names. Can…

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Tips to Protect Your Roof from Summer Storm Damage

Homeowners trust that their roof will protect them from a storm, but how can they be sure that their roof is protected during the storm? As an experienced roof repair company, here are 4 tips that we recommend to ensure that their roof will hold out during storms throughout the year. Schedule Annual Inspections One of the most important things that homeowners can do to protect their roof and prevent the need for costly repairs is to schedule annual inspections. Call in a professional to inspect the roof. When we do this for customers, we make sure that all shingles and rafters are secure and in good condition. If we find any warped or split shingles, or other issues with the shingles or other parts of the roof, we can repair them in order to ensure that they are properly protecting the home when a storm comes. Install a Lightning Rod It’s uncommon, but not unheard of, for lightning to strike homes, causing severe damage to the homes’ roofs. In order to prevent such damage, homeowners can install a lightning rod. Lightning rods are made to absorb the electricity of the lightning so it won’t damage the home. Trim Tree Branches One of the biggest problems during storms is caused by trees falling on roofs. Homeowners that have large trees close to their homes get great shade to keep their utility bills low in the summer, but they are also susceptible to damage in storms. To prevent such damage, keep their trees trimmed and away from the roof. If there are any dead branches that are prone to falling, they should have these removed right away. Clear Gutters Clogged gutters lead to flooding on the roof, causing extensive water damage to the roof and home. In order to prevent this from happening, clean the gutters on a regular basis. Using gloves, homeowners should clear out debris, then run a hose through the gutters and downspouts to make sure that water can flow through them unimpeded. They can also install covers to prevent debris from getting into the gutters and clogging them. Roofs that are in great condition withstand storms better; however, roofs that are damaged are more likely to require roof repair after the storm. Instead, take the necessary measures to keep the roof in great condition. Make sure that all the components are in…

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