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Beware of Storm Chasing Roofers

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Signature Roofing Advises San Mateo and Santa Clara Homeowners to Beware of Storm Chasing Roofers

The Bay Area rainy season brings uninsured, uncertified and inexperienced roofers to neighborhoods, seeking roofing work from unsuspecting homeowners whose roofs suffered wind or rain damage or experienced leakage.

BELMONT, CA. January 22, 2014 — Signature Roofing, a residential roofing company serving San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, warns local homeowners to carefully check a roofer’s background and reputation before agreeing to roof repair or replacement. The warning comes with the rainy season, which attracts roofers who collect insurance checks and perform poor roofing jobs, leaving homeowners without recourse should the work be subpar.

Storm chasers are roofing companies that trail severe weather around the country, installing new roofs or repairing roof damage caused by severe weather such as excessive wind, rain or both. These non-local roofers take homeowners’ insurance claim… Continue reading

Bay Area Roofing Company

Six Sure-Fire Ways to Tell if the Bay Area Roofing Company you Want to Hire is Legit or a Storm Chaser

bay area roofing companyStorm chasers are roofing companies that follow weather, installing new roofs or repairing roof damage caused by hail, wind, tornadoes, etc. These non-local roofers take insurance claim checks as payment for roofing services and finish as many roofing jobs as they can (carelessly and cheaply as possible) before moving on to the next neighborhood or state. Beware if you are in the market to hire a bay area roofing company.

While those of us living in the Bay Area don’t experience severe weather such as tornadoes and hurricanes as those who live in other areas do, we do have the occasional, roof-damaging heavy wind, rain or both. But a lot of homeowners aren’t prepared to deal with the onslaught of storm chasers that arrive afterward. These companies… Continue reading

Get a Roof Inspection Before Buying a Home

6 Questions Every Homebuyer Should Ask About the Roof Before Buying a Home

roof-structure-15391776_sSooner or later the condition of the home’s roof you’re considering buying will come into question. Sometimes, curled, missing or otherwise damaged roofing shingles can be seen by the naked eye from the ground level. Other times, damage is detected during the inspection. No homebuyer wants to be in a situation where roofing problems and the expense to repair them are revealed after closing, making a roofing inspection critical BEFORE you buy a home.

  1. What type of roof is it?  There are many types of roofing shingles from different manufacturers. Some perform better and last longer than others. Some roofing materials involve more maintenance than others. In the Bay Area, asphalt (or composition) roofing shingles are extremely common and highly durable if properly installed.
  2. How old is the roof? The type of roof can determine how… Continue reading

Choosing a San Mateo Roofer?

5 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Choosing a San Mateo Roofer

check-list-10809810_sDid you know that roofing is among the top five complaints the Better Business Bureau receives? How about the fact that a majority of roofing companies go out of business within 2 ½ years after opening?

We’d be willing to bet that if you interviewed homeowners filing BBB complaints or scrambling for a new roofer to repair the old roofer’s mistakes, you’d find a common thread. When they chose their roofer, they made one or more of the following mistakes.

1.  They took the roofer’s word for it instead of a written roofing estimate and roofing work contract

It’d be great if you could take people at their word. But unfortunately you can’t. Even if the roofing contractor is as warm and kind as a grandmother, always insist on getting what was promised in writing. With the… Continue reading

Wondering How to Choose a Roofing Company?

Choose a Roofing Company Like You Would a Doctor

woman-doctor-12080067_sYou don’t hire a roofer everyday. You hire a roofing company maybe once or twice in a lifetime. So it’s completely understandable when homeowners just aren’t quite sure what to look for in a roofing company. A good rule of thumb is to hire a roofer like you would your doctor—check credentials, get referrals from people you trust and insist on professionalism.

So how to choose a roofing company?  First, you want to hire a roofer in good standing that includes the community, the state, your local government and the Better Business Bureau. How do you check whether or not the roofing company is in good standing? A roofer should always give you a contracting license number. You can verify its validity online or by calling your local government office. Search the Better Business Bureau’s database for a… Continue reading