I live in the Los Angeles foothills and with the 2008 fire I was evacuated when the fire got to the edge of the sub-division. I spent days hiding at a friend’s house worrying whether my house would make it through the blaze or not. Luckily the wind shifted and my house survived. After the fire, I started looking for a roofing company that could provide protection from future Southern California wildfires.
Many people believe that a roofing company can only do roof repairs. That’s what I used to think, but realized that wasn’t the case after I decided to start looking for options available to protect my home. Some of the roofing companies not only showed me some great options for fire protection, they also helped me take advantage of great tax credits.
I ended up replacing my roof with a metal roof that is eco-friendly and also on the Federal Government’s Energy Star list of eligible roofing materials. For materials to qualify for this list, they must help consumers save on their utility costs. Metal roofs have a kind of heat-resistant roofing coating that helps reduce utility costs. Because of this roofing, the material is eligible for a special tax credit offered by the Federal Government to homeowners who use energy-efficient materials in their homes.
Between tax credits and energy savings, I’ll save a lot of money. At first I was just looking for a roofing company to figure out how to protect my house from future forest fires. All the roofing companies I contacted were very professional and knowledgeable about more than just roof repairs.
When I started looking for a roofing company, I started by checking the State of California website on contractors. There are a few things you should know when looking for a roofing company to give you a roofing estimate.
First, get at least three roofing companies to give you an offer. And make sure that each roofing company gives you at least three references for other projects they have done. You should go and see each one; If you’re brave, you can even ask homeowners how well the roofing company treats them.
Once you’ve decided which roofing company to use, it’s time to sign a contract with them. If one of the roofing companies wants more than ten percent of starting work, they may not be the best choice for your job. The state website recommends that people pay only ten percent of the total cost of the job as a deposit and never overpay for unfinished work.
I now have a beautiful metal roof that is not only fireproof but also allows me to take advantage of some great tax credits to be energy efficient. And with a little research, you can too.