Choosing a Roofing Contractor

All men were created equal. All roofers were not.

In Oklahoma, roofing contractors are subject to minimal regulation. That’s why after a big storm, hard-hit areas are swarmed with roofers offering cheap, fast, deductible-free roofing jobs. We want to help you make the right choice.
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1. Oklahoma Worker’s Compensation Insurance

Fly-by-night and storm chaser contractors will try to fool you into believing they carry a valid policy for Oklahoma. If they don’t carry a valid worker’s compensation policy in Oklahoma, you are exposed to the liability risk of a work site personal injury lawsuit. You can verify coverage here.

2. Minimum $1 Million Commercial General Liability Insurance

What if the roofing crew damages your car, HVAC equipment, or other parts of your home? Worse still, what if they burned down your house? This may seem drastic, but it’s possible. Ask the contractor for a certificate of insurance.

3. Roofing Contractor Registration

The State of Oklahoma requires all roofing contractors to be registered with the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board (CIB). The Roofing Contractor Registration Act is available here. Failure to register is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. The roofing contractor is also required to display their registration number on each commercial vehicle used for roofing services.

4. Business Location

Storm Chasers often set up a small temporary office and use magnetic graphics and yard signs to give the impression they are local. A qualified local contractor will have a permanent office sufficient to run a professional business. Before you sign, visit the contractor’s office to verify they will be around to take care of your needs and back up their work.

5. Incorporated in Oklahoma

You may check this by contacting the Oklahoma Secretary of State at 405.521.4138 or by clicking here and searching for the name of the business. Click on the blue “Filing Number” link and look for the formation date. This is one of the best ways to verify the number of years in business and in Oklahoma. More than 75% of contractors have been in business fewer than 5 years, with very low experience standards.

6. Salesman’s Identification Badge

Check the salesman driver’s license to see if they are local. Many storm chasers will fraudulently use the company name of a local company to pass themselves off as local, only to leave the small company owner with problems and warranty issues from poor quality workmanship. Check the license plate of the salesman’s truck to see if he and his workers reside in Oklahoma. It’s unfortunate that deception is a big part of the industry.

7. Roofing & Siding Distributor References

Ask the contractor for the name and phone number of the distributor to be used so you may verify their credit history. If a contractor doesn’t pay their distributor, you are on the hook. A full list of contractor suppliers is a great source of references.

Some of our local distributors:

ABC Supply – 405.627.9348
SRS (Southern Shingles) – 405.688.0100
All American Building Products – 405.232.1890
Lansing Building Products – 405.943.2493
Gulf Eagle Supply – 405.917.1667
Beacon Supply – 405.605.7807
Spec Supply – 405.832.1566

8. Manufacturer Certifications

Contact top shingle manufacturers’ area representatives to inquire about any contractor you may be considering for your project.

Nick Mosher, Owens Corning Roofing Products – 405.435.4594
Trevor Thomson, CertainTeed Corporation – 405.826.2994
James Brooks, GAF Material Corporation – 405.205.1715

9. Member of the National Roofing Contractors Association

If a contractor is not a member of its national association, it certainly does not put a priority on continuing education, specifications, product changes or legal and code issues. Any member can be looked up here or by calling the NRCA at 847.299.9070.

10. No Roof Loading

Take note of companies that pre-load the shingles on the roof top. This lowers labor costs but strains your ridge row. It’s a sure-fire way to cause structural defects to the framing – sometimes to the point of roof collapse.

11. No Pre-Payment of Work

It is very common for fly-by-night contractors to ask for a 1/3 or 50% payment when the material is delivered, or sometimes at the time the contract is signed. Bad contractors take the money and run, in many cases not even paying for the material with the distributor. On a residential roof project, no payment should be made until the roof is completed.

12. Project Manager

Very few roofing contractors will have a true manager assigned to your project. Without someone monitoring specifications, your roof WILL NOT be installed correctly. Critical areas requiring expertise and supervision:

  • Fastener placement and proper fastener selection
    The fastener location and length of fastener is very specific for composition shingles. Ridges take a different length nail than the field of the roof, and staples should never be used in any type of roofing.
  • Flashings
    Proper inspection of existing flashing and replacing or addition as needed.
  • Sealants / adhesives
    Different adhesives & sealants are required for different areas of the roof.
  • Ventilation
    Without proper ventilation to the manufacturer’s specifications, you will not have a valid warranty from the manufacturer.
  • Manufacturer specifications
    Every roof is different and has different requirements. It is imperative to be trained to the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Jobsite protection
    Protection begins and ends with a pre-job interior and exterior inspection by the project manager. Precautions are taken to prevent damage to such areas as landscaping, windows, A/C condensers, and gas vent connections. Jobsite protection also means a thorough cleanup after completion.

Before you choose a contractor, make sure a factory-trained project manager is assigned to your job. This person is not a member of the crew – he is a true manager. You should expect the manager to be on the jobsite at least 2-3 hours per day.

13. Job References

Get several references – and make sure some are for local projects at least six months or a year old. You can easily spot a storm chaser because they won’t have any such references.

14. Better Business Bureau

This is another resource to legitimize a contractor and how long they have been working in your service area.

15. Minimum Five Years in Business

Most small businesses fail before they are five years old. Roofing is no exception to this statistic and would even rank as one of the higher categories for failure because most people setting up roofing companies have limited business skills.

16. Brick & Mortar Office

Simply said, if a contractor doesn’t have a physical office / showroom, they aren’t legitimate. We always welcome visitors to swing by our office and meet our staff of professionals. Our staff are very proud of what we represent.

If your contractor passes muster on all these criteria, you should be in good hands. Sadly, most don’t meet these requirements. Learn more aboout Red River’s commitment to residential roofing services.

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I’ve used Red River Roofing many times over the last 5 years for various work, such as window replacement, siding work, door installation, and roof repair. The latest job was a new roof. The roof looks amazing. Neighbors have complemented on the look of the new roof, and how quickly the work was done. The quality and professionalism these guys continually exhibit are why I’ll keep coming back.

- Matthew Ligon

This company showed an interest and passion for their trade over anything I’ve experienced working with roofers/contractors before. All the employees we encountered from salesman, to project manager to the crew were fantastic and our new roof looks AMAZING!

- Kayla Shade

I called based on Red River’s reputation and I absolutely made the right decision. I knew it from the first visit. The result is certainly representative of a quality company. Everything from the contact, service, care for my home and quality materials was the best. Should you be reading this and considering a roofing company, I assure you that you will be as happy as I am.

- Mike Jezercak

In my opinion Red River Roofing sets the bar. They are so efficient, my experience was stress free and my house looks amazing. I’ve been telling everyone without hesitation Red River Roofing is the best.

- Amy Wall

I really appreciated the professionalism and good communication from everyone at Red River. They repaired everything in a reasonable amount of time, and I would definitely contact them again if we have other issues.

- Luke Ritchie

The overall experience with Red River Roofing was amazing. From the initial cost with Dayton to the actual project under the supervision of Steven. Had a complete roof replacement and new gutters along with reskinning the chimney. The out come was amazing!!! Highly recommend to everyone!

- Aaron & Shelbi Pierce