Replacing Your Roof :: 9 Things to Do Before You Sign A Contract

Thank you to Farha Roofing for sponsoring this post and providing excellent home repairs to Wichita families!

Homeowners can face obstacles when looking to replace or fix their roof. Farha Roofing can help you avoid those obstacles. After a damaging storm, a homeowner will need to quickly repair their roof and get back to normal. This doesn’t mean you should choose the first roofer that comes knocking on your door. Find a contractor that is trustworthy, professional and well-known in your market.

Here are important tips for choosing the right roofer:

Get local referrals. There is less chance of issues or scams when you choose a contractor from your city. They are more familiar with local rules and code regulations and have a relationship with area crews and suppliers. More often than not, the local guys are usually fixing the work that out-of-town contractors did due to bad warranties. Farha Roofing and Construction has been part of the Wichita community for over 40 years.

Look for manufacturer designations. Manufacturer designations are considered a badge of honor because the contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be factory-certified (although, some manufacturers have more stringent requirements than others).

Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. Some contractors blow in right after a storm looking for work, so it’s important to look them up on the BBB website and make sure they have a good score. Stay away from contractors who are not listed on

Make sure your contractor is registered with the State of Kansas. Every roofer should be registered with the State and Attorney General.

Get an extended warranty. Not all contractors can offer manufacturer warranties that include coverage of the contractor’s workmanship. If a contractor installs the roof incorrectly, it may take months or years for the damage to show up — and insurance won’t pay for it. If the contractor won’t fix it (or worse, has gone out of business), your only recourse is to pay for their mistake yourself. Farha Roofing offers up to a five-year workmanship warranty on all projects they install. Additionally, Farha can even offer extended warranties through the manufacturer.

Be concerned about safety. A contractor without a training or safety program may not be the best person for your job. Farha Roofing’s crew is up-to-date on all safety courses and training. We follow strict OSHA guidelines.

Check for proper licensing and insurance. The contractor should have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate for validation. Not having adequate insurance could potentially lead to litigation between a contractor and homeowner if a roofing employee sustains an injury at the home.

Don’t give in to pressure. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage. Some contractors say they can work with whatever your insurance company settles upon; however, the homeowner needs to ensure it’s not just any amount, but the right amount. The contractor should thoroughly examine the home and check that their insurance adjuster didn’t miss any damages.

Know your product choices. A contractor who does not offer you different shingle options is not looking out for your best interest. The style and color of the shingles you install can affect the resale value of your home. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof, it may be the perfect time to make a change and upgrade to a more unique style that suits your taste. Farha Roofing offers an extensive line of products to choose from in a variety of colors and materials.

Farha Roofing believes in quality craftsmanship and good old-fashioned integrity. The Farha Roofing name is well-known and respected in Wichita for over 40 years.
We have expanded our capacity and have taken our brand of quality service, products and people to the Kansas City and Denver metro areas. We live in the same communities we serve. When you call our office, we answer.
When you stop by our office, you’ll find someone to answer your questions. We’re not a “fly by night” company that will be gone tomorrow. Farha Roofing is here to stay.

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