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Tornadoes, twisters and severe storms swept through the Front Range in the past weeks. It's Colorado. Who knows what comes next?

“Strong winds take a toll on roofs,” says Ben Feilmeier, sales manager for 7 Summits Roofing in Colorado Springs. “It's best to assess the damage and schedule repairs promptly. Roof problems don't get better over time.”

Most homeowners' insurance policies require roof repairs to be completed within a year of a loss.

Even if it's evident that a roof needs immediate repair, homeowners should take time to research and compare before choosing a contractor. A new roof is a significant investment, and roofing companies are not all created equal. You'll want to choose yours with care.

Where do you find a roofer?
Professional roofers are likely to be members of the National Roofing Contractors Association, the Colorado Roofing Association or the Better Business Bureau. Family, friends and neighbors may have a trusted roofer to recommend. Look for roofers with a permanent local place of business, telephone number and tax identification number.


Call three references
It's not enough to ask for references from a potential roofer. Follow through and make the calls. Ask to speak to people in your neighborhood with jobs about the size of yours. Be direct: Did the contractor meet expectations? Were there problems? Would they hire the contractor again?


Ask to see these documents ­ – and really examine them
Roofers do difficult work, high off the ground. “If an uninsured worker is hurt on your job, you may be liable,”
Feilmeier says. Ask to see your contractor's proof of insurance, liability coverage and workers' compensation certificates. Check the coverage dates to make sure the insurance will be in effect for the duration of your job. Your contractor must be licensed and registered with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. Call or use the PPRBD website to verify that the contractor is licensed or registered.

Narrow the field and ask for written assessments
Ask three companies for written proposals and estimates for repair of the roof. Beware the lowest bid. “If the price is too good to be true, it probably is,” says
Feilmeier. Pay attention to how the contractors conduct themselves. Do they answer your questions completely? Are they informed and responsive to your questions? You and your family should feel comfortable and confident while workers are repairing or replacing your roof.

Be prepared for whatever weather comes your way. Ask for an accurate assessment of your roof's condition and remaining lifespan. 7 Summits Roofing, a family-owned business in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with more than 50 years experience in roofing guarantees your complete satisfaction.

Call 719-432-8619 or drop by our website to request a free assessment of your roof.

This article was produced for and sponsored by 7 Summits Roofing, Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is not a product of or affiliated with KOAA.


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