In reality, a roofing company generally provides all the roofing services that are needed to complete a roof. A roofing contractor typically does not perform other types of construction work that are unrelated to the actual roofing work.
A roofing contractor may offer roofing services related to roofing work, such as a maintenance program or inspections. If they are laying on your roof, they will generally do the work on your gutters or fascia board or metal flanges or flashing or soffits.
If you have a metal roof in a commercial building, they will offer roofing services like a new coat of material or perhaps a UV coat or a coat of paint.
There is one type of service that some roofing contractors will offer you that you do not want. Those are the services of that type of contractor that shows up after a heavy rain or windy event. This person may say they are a salesperson for a roofing company who happens to have some extra shingles on the truck.
So could you come in today and replace those shingles that blew off your roof in that windstorm last night? This service must be carried out immediately or they will have to go to the next home.
They would also like to be paid cash by the way. And no, they won’t have real references, but they might ask you to make some phone calls to people who are expecting the call and are also in on the scam and who are very willing to tell you how good this roofing contractor is.
This roofing contractor will not be licensed and this is a one time or limited time deal just for you. They often call in the elderly who cannot get out to see if their roof really needs repair.
The price may be cheap but the work done is too. Those new shingles might blow off the roof during the next light wind.
The best thing to do is call a local business or even ask the city council for recommendations. Most roofs require a permit, so city planners or the permitting section may have a few names. You can also ask your neighbors for a roofer if they have used it in the past.
Roofs are an important part of your home, so choose your roofing services and roofing contractor carefully.