Why it’s important to choose a reputable roofer

Florida’s roofing industry is plagued by unscrupulous contractors and bad players. Over 116,000 cases were filed in 2021 over fraudulent roofing schemes. It is important that Floridians do their research when choosing a roofing contractor. A new roof is one of the largest investments that a homeowner can make. What are the characteristics of a reliable roofer? Continue reading to find out more.

What are the characteristics of a reputable roofer?

These are the characteristics of a reputable roofing company.

  • Insured and licensed

  • Guarantee on workmanship

  • Permitting

  • They don’t employ subcontractors

  • Local

Reputable roofers are licensed and insured

You want to ensure that your roofer is insured and licensed. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ( DBPR) has its licensing information. Reputable roofers will also display their license numbers on vehicles and in marketing literature.

If you are comfortable with your roofer’s certificate of insurance (COI), you can ask for it. It is important to ensure that your roofer has insurance in the event of accidental damage to your property, or personal injury while they are on site.

Guarantee on Workmanship

Many roofing materials come with warranties from the manufacturer. Contractors may not offer warranties on workmanship. We will repair any leaks in the roof 3 years after we have re-roofed a customer’s house.

Contractors who offer a warranty provide extra protection and accountability. Reputable roofers will use industry best practices and only use the finest materials. Customers feel more confident in making a large investment.


Your roofer must file for a permit in your community before any work can begin on your home or company. It is illegal to work without a permit. Florida law requires that any structure be altered must have a permit.

Local agencies can monitor construction projects and issue building permits to ensure compliance with local building codes.

A Reputable Roofer doesn’t use subcontractors

In-house staff members are often used by reputable roofers to provide the services they offer. Here are some of the benefits of using in-house employees over subcontractors.

  • Quality control

  • Accountability

  • Reduced liability

  • Reliability

Subcontractors who are roofers are held accountable for their availability and have less control over the quality of work they do. Employers hold their employees directly responsible for the performance of their in-house team members. They have to be vetted and trained. Reputable roofers can schedule jobs more quickly and provide the best quality workmanship and safety by using in-house workers.


Finally, it is important to use a local roofer. You are not only supporting local businesses by using their services, but also you get an extra layer of accountability. Companies that have multiple locations or are “fly by night” won’t provide the best service.

Reputable roofers that have been in operation for decades will have a good reputation and live in their communities. These well-established companies are always available to help you if you have a problem.

You have the potential to pass your local roofer at the grocery store. They will work harder to build a solid reputation in the community.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties. Click here for more information!