True, roofing might be the least of your worries as you try to build your house from scratch, but you must remember that your roof is your first and last line of protection from the elements. It has to be designed so that your roof is protected from the alternating humidity and dryness characteristic of San Diego weather. In order to make the best design for your roof, you need contractors who know the San Diego area perfectly, and who are willing to spend hours perfecting your roof so that it can last a long time.
The San Diego Roofing Contractors Association
Thanks to the efforts of the SDRCA, or the San Diego Roofing Contractors association, there are standards that roofing contractors have to strive for if they must work within the San Diego area. The SDRCA has been around since 1957, and it aims to not only establish a set of roofing standards and practices, but to educate the public and make it more aware of the different kinds of roofs, and the importance of having a good roof over one’s head. It members are all insured, licensed roofers, so if you need roofing help, going through the association can be a good move on your part.
Although it might seem like an exclusive club, the SDRCA supports competition and free enterprise. It also encourages that its contractors will provide evidence that the companies they work for are insured, licensed, and bonded. Moreover, the SDRCA demands that roofing contractors and their employees are respectful and courteous. What could be more disconcerting than a roofing expert who makes you want to blow your top?
There are four main SDRCA memberships. Associate members of the SDRCA provide support to contractors. Such members are in charge of manufacturing gutters or providing insurance. The contractor members consist of the roofing contractors themselves, and the list of contractors in San Diego is available on the official SDRCA site, from A to Z. Manufacturer members are the companies that make the roofing materials, or provide construction metals or tiles for the making of roofs. Lastly, supplier members consist of stores in the San Diego area that cater to the needs of construction companies and homeowners who want to do their repairs on their own.
The supplier members list is also available on the SDRCA site, so if you are into DIY, you might want to consult the list of stores. There are roofing wholesale stores in San Marcos and Spring Valley, as well as supply stores in El Cajon, San Marcos, and National City that you can visit to get your materials.
Contacting the Contractor
If you have a San Diego roofing contractor in mind, there are a few questions you need to ask, as well as documents that you have the license to demand as a homeowner. First, the State of California issues a C-39, or a roofing contractor’s license, as well as a current city license. Check if the contractor’s licenses have been renewed, and in what cities the licenses are applicable.
For your own financial protection, check if your contractor has Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance, as well as a company-furnished original Certificate of Insurance for each roofing worker. You may also need to look at the background of the company, so ask for a list of the company’s former customers. Moreover, look at your payment scheme: you should not pay any amount in full until the roofing is completed.
Get your roofing contract straight. You need to have start and finish dates, as well as a guarantee for the roof and a warranty for the roof manufacturer. You also need roofing permits, and it is your contractor’s job to get them. According to the SDRCA, professional roofing contractors should have all the proper licenses, committed to doing high quality work, oriented toward a customer service mindset, ethical in all their dealings, reliable, and committed to the roofing industry.
If you are looking for a San Diego roofing contractor, search online directories for contractors and their specific locations, or log on to the official site of the SDRCA. This site can give you all the links to members of the SDRCA, which can assure you a high quality job on your roof. With a good roof, you can have a great home. Welcome to San Diego, California!