What to Look for When Hiring a Roofing Company

TRC RoofingTaking care of roof problems is not a project most homeowners relish, but finding the right roofing company needn’t be stressful.  At TRC Roofing, we believe that finding a reliable, trustworthy roofing company that provides excellent workmanship, quality products, and roof maintenance will save you money and prolong the life of your roof.  But how do you choose the right roofing company for repairs, maintenance, new roof installation or other roofing needs?

  1. Identify your primary roofing needs. Are you looking to complete a major project like installing a new roof or roofing an addition to an existing property? Maybe you have a repair need, like a few missing or broken tiles or shingles that need repair or replacement?  Is your property residential or commercial? Do you have a commercial property that leaks in the summer or could benefit from a protective coating? What type of roof do you have; flat or steep?  Maybe you’re seeing some leaking around a skylight or whirly bird.  Or perhaps you’re looking for a roof certification for the sale of a property, or looking to lower the energy costs in your home by applying a reflective roof coating or solar panels. Look for a roofing company that routinely provides the kind of service you need. You don’t want to choose a residential company, for example, in an effort to cut costs on a commercial roofing project.  It will save you time, money, and peace of mind to get the appropriate expertise the first time.

TRC Roofing offers both residential roofing and commercial roofing services, from installs and replacements to repairs and maintenance as well as energy saving measures like reflective roof coatings and solar.  We also offer roof certifications, and our client base ranges from single home owners to property management companies and HOAs.  We work regularly with solar companies as well, and have over 30 years of experience with old properties and new.  We cover all of the bases for our customers.

  1. Look for roofing companies that are bonded and insured with a strong reputation. We believe that the best roofing companies will offer expertise, meet basic qualifications, and have stood the test of time. Opting for an established roofing company is your best bet over hiring a handyman or a newly licensed roofer.  When you hire a reputable roofing company, you can be assured that their employees will be working in their area of expertise: your roof.  A top roofing company will have a full roster of qualified, insured workers so your project will be less likely to suffer delays due to lack of available, quality labor. Choosing a licensed, bonded, and insured roofing company protects your home or business in the unlikely event of damages or injuries that may occur on your property. TRC Roofing has been a licensed, bonded and insured provider of roofing services in southern California for over 30 years, and we have strong references from past and ongoing customers to prove it.  You can find all of these qualifications on our website.
  2. Location, location, location.  Your property location often determines which roofing services you will need now and as time marches on. Even sunny weather can cause silent damage to your roof.  As roofs age, alternating hot and cold weather changes cause roofing materials to break down, seals to crack or pull away from seams. Don’t let the sunny weather keep you from protecting your investment with regular maintenance.  We also suggest going with a local roofer if given the choice between two otherwise equal candidates.  Your local roofer is familiar with city and neighborhood building requirements and timetables that may hold up your project.  Scheduling maintenance seems less daunting when your service provider is nearby, and having a local service provider in your arsenal means your roofer can get to you quickly should an emergency arrive in fair weather or foul weather. At TRC Roofing, Long Beach is our home, but we also serve the surrounding areas of LA and Orange County.
  3. Play the long game.  In addition to roofing repairs and/or other roofing services or new roof installations, we suggest regular maintenance inspections to protect and extend the life of your roof. Having your roofer come out every few years to take a look can help you identify and treat small areas of wear-and-tear before they become bigger, more expensive problems.  At TRC Roofing the most commonly needed roof repair and maintenance tasks include: replacing broken or blown-off shingles, wood repair, re-sealing cracked mastic around drains or roof seams, repairing storm damage, clearing clogged drains, debris removal and roof cleaning.  Additionally, you may be interested in: weatherproofing, insulating, ventilating, sealing, treating or painting (wood and metal roof materials).
  4. Gather quotes. We recommend getting at least three quotes from local qualified candidates.  This will give you an idea of the scope of work your project will entail, the going cost of labor in your neighborhood, and whether a company is pricing its services fairly. TRC Roofing believes that customers should never pay for a consult or a quote for services, so all our estimates are free. To schedule a free estimate from us, head over to our contact page.
  5. Make The Right Choice. Once you’ve compared quotes from reputable contractors and roofing companies, it’s time to make a decision. Overall, if you’ve gone about your search for a roofing company in an organized way with the life of your roof in mind you’re unlikely to be led astray, and you’ll have made an important investment in the life of your property.  There are few things more important than the roof over your head, so take your time, make an informed decision, and rest easy knowing that your home is in good hands- you’ve made The Right Choice.