In the state of Georgia, contractors are not required to have a roofing license in order to perform work on your home. That means that anyone can create an LLC today, and be in the roofing business tomorrow. Obviously, we are not saying that's always the case, but when storm season arrives, there will be people that know very little about roofing who flock to our state for the purpose of making a quick buck. The vast majority of these companies will offer to waive a person's deductible by furnishing an estimate that is lower than what the insurance company is providing the homeowner (which is a felony- find out more here starting at line 97), offer "free" upgrades, and a lifetime guarantee that your roof will never leak. Sounds great, right?! Unfortunately, the old saying of "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," applies here. More often than not, these new roofs or repairs fail within days or weeks after the work is performed. The sad reality is that this continues to happen every year.We say all of that to say this: when selecting the company that is going to work on your roof, we encourage you to do your due diligence. Here are some things you can ask your contractor:
How long has their company been in business?
Are they preferred vendors with the shingle manufacturer they want to use?
Is the company bonded?
How long have their crews been with them?
How many roofing crews do they have?
(We assure you, more is not always better)
These questions may seem simple enough, but can save you thousands of dollars and numerous headaches. The sad reality is that over 90% of roofing companies go out of business within the first two years. Whether you choose NBS to work with or someone else, we don’t want to see anyone get into a sticky situation. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have; we’d be happy to help!