In the market for a new roof? You may be feeling overwhelmed with the decision of choosing the best roofing professional for the job. With dozens of roofing companies in Western New York, knowing what to look for in a roofing contractor can be confusing.

As you consider roofing contractor options, here are three important factors to consider:

Insurance

Being one of the most high-risk types of work, any credible roofing professional should be insured. Asking roofers if they have proper workers’ compensation and liability insurance should be the first question upon inquiring about services. In the event of onsite injuries or property damage (which occur more often than you might think), insurance is important for covering these types of liabilities. If you use a company that’s not insured, you as the homeowner may be faced with medical bills and other costs, should an unforeseen accident occur on your property. In some cases, homeowners’ insurance doesn’t even cover these types of incidents, making it especially important to vet a roofer that’s fully insured.

Experience

Any roofing repair or replacement requires professionals who are fully skilled and equipped. Asking every potential roofing company about their level of experience and how long they’ve been in the industry will give you peace of mind that your roof is in good hands. In addition to asking companies how many years they’ve been in business, it’s a good idea to read reviews online to form an opinion for yourself about each company’s expertise. If you know other customers who have used the company, be sure to check with them for their feedback too. 

Customer Service

While it’s easy to forget, a solid roofing company should offer exceptional customer service. This means providing responsive communication, ease of scheduling and a high level of professionalism in all interactions. You can gauge a roofing company’s quality of customer service by paying attention to how quickly they return your calls, as well as how clear they are with promptly providing answers to your questions and addressing any concerns.  

Remember, your roof is one of your home’s most major assets. Taking time to research and assess the best roofing contractor for your Buffalo home is critical not only for ensuring the best quality roof replacement or repair services, but for maintaining the value of your home for years to come. If you’re in search of a trusted and highly experienced roofing contractor in Western New York, get in touch with the experts at AVA Roofing!

Have you ever encountered a pest infestation problem? There’s no denying this is one of the worst problems to have as a homeowner! In Western New York, there are many types of pests that can cause damage to your roof and invade your home, with some of the most common being squirrels, raccoons, foxes, bats, birds, snakes and insects (among many others).

Here are three tips for protecting your roof and home from unwanted pests:

Have your roof regularly cleaned and inspected

As a Buffalo homeowner, regular roof inspections are one of the most effective ways of keeping your roof free of pest infestations. Once a year, hire a trusted roofing professional to clean your roof and inspect it for any signs of infestation. With a general inspection and cleaning, all debris (which often attracts pests) will be cleared from your roof and any signs of pests will be detected before they become problematic. Typically, a roofing professional will be able to identify right away if there are defects in your roof – such as holes or spaces – that are allowing animals and insects access to your attic.

Take preventative measures

Investing in prevention is your best bet when it comes to keeping pest issues under control. There are many methods of prevention that can be implemented to ensure your roof stays free of critters, including sealing; replacement of missing singles or roofing tiles; gutter cleaning; foliage trimming; and roofing nets. Taking steps to prevent pests is just as important as getting rid of them. While pest prevention is an investment up front, taking these measures can save you a major headache in the future.

Choose a metal roofing material

If you’re in the process of building a home or planning to get a new roof soon, a metal roof is often the best option for preventing pests from entering your home. Because metal roofing materials are molded to fit the exact shape of your home, the tight seal of the roof provides an extra barrier of protection against pests. Additionally, chewing pests are less likely to eat through metal roofing materials.

Have you been experiencing pests in or around your home? Get in touch with AVA Roofing at our offices in Buffalo. A roof inspection by one of our trusted experts can help address pest infestation issues and prevent them in the future.

Are you desperately in need of a new roof, but planning to wait until the weather breaks to schedule it? While it may seem odd to have extensive roofing work completed during the winter (especially for homeowners in Buffalo), having a roof replacement done this time of year can have some perks.

Here are three reasons to consider off-season roofing installation this winter:

Buffalo Off-Season Roofing

Getting your house ready to put on the market

Prepping your house to put it on the market this spring? There’s no better time than winter to get a new roof and enhance the value of your home. You’ll eliminate the need to have a bunch of roofers at your house during primetime selling season, giving you more flexibility to focus on exterior cosmetic updates, such as landscaping or painting. Additionally, getting on a roofing company’s schedule is much easier and more flexible during the winter. Waiting until the seasons change may leave you with limited openings, making it more difficult to show your home to potential buyers.

Preventing future damage

If your plan is to wait until spring or summer to replace a poorly functioning roof, you may be subject to further damage that could have been prevented. Roofing problems often get worse from sleet and snow, and can become more costly and severe if you wait several months for a replacement. Rather than potentially sacrifice the structural integrity of your house in the future, taking the plunge to get your new roof in the winter can save you a major headache.

Cost savings

Typically, due to less demand by homeowners in Buffalo, roof replacements in the winter tend to be less costly than during other times of the year. Since winter is generally considered “off season” in the roofing industry, you’ll likely get a lower rate. Along the same lines, you may also spend less for roofing materials which can be appealing if you opt for a more expensive roofing option.

At AVA Roofing, our team works year-round while always putting our workers’ safety first. With the exception of dangerous weather conditions, we do full roofing replacements throughout the entire winter season. Get in touch with our office in Buffalo about roof replacement services during the off-season today!