Roofer, roofing contractor, general contractor, roofing company – you can call any one of them to repair your roof, right? They are all the same, right?
The answer is, yes, any one of them should be capable of repairing your roof, and no – they are not all the same.
While they all do the same job, there are some differences between each of them:
Roofer – An individual who is capable of working on roofs – should have skills, may or may not have a license, may or may not be covered by insurance and bonds, may or may not be working under a roofing company.
Roofing contractor – A professional who specifically works on roof-related jobs. Should have skills, should have the license, should be covered by insurance, may or may not be working for a roofing company.
General contractor – A professional who works on construction jobs, in general. Should have skills, license, insurance, may or may not be working for a general contractor company.
Roofing company – A business that employs professional roofing contractors. A roofing company should be able to provide you with roofing contractors for your roofing needs.
Although it’s possible for a skilled roofer to be capable of fixing your roof, hiring someone who does not have a license and isn’t insured is always a risk. So before you go for an unlicensed roofer, think about it carefully. Are you ready to waste money for early repairs in case this person completed a lousy job? Are you ready to take responsibility if this person gets injured while working on your roof? Who would pay for the damages if this person accidentally destroys one of your belongings while working?
In hiring an unlicensed, uninsured roofer, you are exposing yourself to risks. If you call a professional and licensed roofing contractor, general contractor, or roofing company, they would be able to do the job as good as an unlicensed roofer can, if not better. On top of top quality work, you get the security you deserve.