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Are you facing water stains on your ceiling? Or maybe you’ve discovered shingle granules on your sidewalk, shingles in your yard, or worse, unwelcome creatures in your attic. These unmistakable signs indicate that it may be time for a new roof.

Finding the right roofing contractor is the first step towards getting a new roof or a roof repair. At CanTex Roofing & Construction, we take pride in providing you with professional roofing services in West Texas through expertise, efficiency, and integrity. Read more to learn the benefits of hiring a professional roofing contractor.

Why Hire a Professional Roofer vs. DIY?

Installing a new roof or repairing an existing one is a significant undertaking and investment for your home. Working with a qualified and trusted company like CanTex Roofing & Construction, which possesses expertise in roofing materials, installation techniques, safety, and building code knowledge is crucial for a successful project. Additionally, CanTex is one of the only companies around that offer a lifetime workmanship warranty on full roof replacements, which provides homeowners long-term peace of mind, ensuring we stand behind our work for years to come.

Essential Questions to Ask When Hiring a Roofing Contractor

When selecting a roofing contractor, it’s essential to gather all the necessary information to make an informed decision. Relying solely on recommendations or instincts can be risky. Here are 15 questions that will assist you in narrowing down your choices and finding the right roofer for your project:

  1. Can the contractor provide an in-depth understanding of their experience level in the roofing business? While years in business matter, it’s crucial to comprehend the overall experience of the contractor, including any relevant industry background.
  2. Does the contractor have insurance coverage? A reputable contractor should carry insurance to protect your home from accidental damage. At CanTex Roofing & Construction, our certified contractors hold at least $1 million in general liability insurance, and we are more than willing to share their certificate of coverage with you.
  3. Does the contractor possess the necessary licenses or credentials required by your local municipality or state? Confirming this information is as simple as contacting your city administrative offices. Reliable contractors should readily provide a copy of their license. Additionally, you can check with your local Better Business Bureau to ensure the contractor has a clean record with no outstanding issues.
  4. Will the contractor provide you with a written estimate? Your chosen roofing contractor should offer an estimate that includes a detailed description of the work to be performed, as well as the products to be used.
  5. Does the contractor conduct a thorough assessment of your roof? Apart from assessing storm damage, your roofing contractor should perform a comprehensive inspection of your current roof, including the roof accessories, flashing, chimneys, soil stacks, valleys, and other roof penetrations. This thorough assessment ensures a clear understanding of the entire roofing project.
  6. Does the contractor check for adequate ventilation and explain its importance? Proper ventilation is vital for the longevity of your roof system. Your contractor should examine your existing attic ventilation and explain its significance.
  7. Will the contractor take the time to explain how a proper roofing system works? A professional contractor should provide a comprehensive explanation of all the individual components of a roofing system and how they work together to achieve optimal roof performance. Familiarize yourself with the CanTex Total Protection Roofing System.
  8. Can the contractor explain the performance differences in ice and water barriers needed for your roof deck? Depending on your location, your roof deck may require ice and water barriers to safeguard your home against ice, snow, wind-driven rains, or other climate-specific concerns. An experienced contractor should not only clarify the differences in the available products but also recommend the most suitable protection for your roof deck.
  9. Does the contractor adequately explain your shingle style and color choices? With a wide variety of shingle lines and price ranges available, it’s important that your contractor guides you through the options. Certain shingles may have specific performance attributes required in your area, such as solar reflectance or impact resistance. Remember, the choice should always be yours.
  10. Does the contractor differentiate between their workmanship warranty coverage and the product manufacturer’s warranty coverage for defective products? It’s crucial to understand the distinction between these two types of warranties, and your contractor should be able to explain whom you should contact in case of any issues.
  11. Can the contractor provide references for their previous work? Reputable contractors are usually eager to share their list of references. Don’t hesitate to call a few of them to gain a better understanding of the contractor’s track record.
  12. Is the contractor clear about the project timeline? While unexpected delays can occur due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances, it’s important to have a general idea of when your project can commence based on the contractor’s schedule.
  13. Do you feel comfortable with the contractor’s communication style? Trusting your gut feeling is crucial when choosing a contractor. Regardless of price differences, it’s essential to feel that the contractor understands your questions, addresses your concerns, and communicates effectively. If communication is challenging before signing the contract, it’s unlikely to improve afterward.
  14. Is the company that the contractor is representing local? During storm season, companies from other areas of the state or regions will send out salespeople to solicit business in areas that they do not do business in on a regular basis. These salespeople are generally referred to as storm chasers. Be wary of this type of company. In the event of issues, it is unlikely that you will get the response or service needed. Choose a local reputable contractor that will stand behind their work and respond to your needs..
  15. If it is a full roof replacement, will the contractor replace ALL roof accessories? A reputable contractor will provide you with a complete roof system on a full replacement. This includes the metal trim around your eaves and rakes to protect your fascia and remove and replace all roof accessories. There are some contractors that will only paint your existing accessories. That is not an acceptable practice for a reputable roofing contractor.

Deciding who should be your next roofing contractor can seem like a daunting task. But at CanTex Roofing & Construction, we are committed to providing you with the best roofing services in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. If you have any questions regarding our services, or want to schedule a consultation, contact us today.