Too many people think that a residential roofer is just someone to call when you have a roof repair that needs to be fixed. But I found out that a residential roofer can actually help people with so many other things besides a simple roof repair.
I called a residential roofer to find out what I need to do to take advantage of the great tax credits the Federal government is offering homeowners that Roofing Contractor remodel their homes with environmentally friendly materials; he didn’t even stop to think about it. He immediately started to list all kinds of options.
I have an old flat roof home in Southern California and I never was able to use the space for much. My wife and kids would hang out up there and lie in the sun or grow a few vegetables in small planting trays, but that was it.
The residential roofer suggested something I had never even heard of: Green roofs. When he said green roofs I knew I had to look completely stupid because I had no idea what he was talking about.
The residential roofer explained to me that green roofs were complete rooftop gardens and patio spaces that qualify for the federal government’s tax credit, offered for environmentally friendly remodel projects. He even told me that it was a good idea for me to talk to my tax professional before I committed to having him do the job, so I knew how much of a tax credit I could get.
The residential roofer even helped me to design a water collection system that is typically used to water green roofs. By collecting rain water, I have added even more of a savings than just the tax credit.
Now my whole family spends hours each day on the roof. Last week we had all the friends and family over to grill up there. I couldn’t be happier with the residential roofer I got.
A few things to look for in a residential roofer include making sure that they are state licensed and insured. When you meet with a roofer ask them for a least three references of other work they have done and go check the other jobs out.
A residential roofer that knows how to do green roofs might seem like a rare thing, but they are out there. I just happened to get lucky and find the right one the first time.
When I decided that I was ready to hire the roofer he came by and had me sign a contract and then asked for a deposit. I hesitated at first, but I had previously checked with the State of California’s webpage regarding contractors in the state. The website said that I should never pay more than ten percent as a deposit and to never pay for work that was not completed.