Unfortunately in this industry there are many roofing companies popping up like wildflowers. Where homeowners need to be diligent is really looking past the smoke and mirrors. We realize that everyone wants to save money; however, if you try to save it by selecting a fly by night or storm chasing roofing company that is low balling just to get your business we can guarantee you will pay the saved money down the road when your roof was installed incorrectly. We see it every day. Don't make a costly mistake over a few hundred dollars. Some roofing companies cut corners and have floating and "not so good" crews resulting in inferior work that the customer ends up paying for in the future. Your roof is a huge investment, and as the customer, you need to be careful and do your homework on who you are hiring.
One way to check a companies true start date is to go to BBB.org and it shows the year they signed on to the BBB. Also by going to Georgia Secretary of State and checking up on a companies registration date. Ask for the companies Certificate of Insurance and call the Agent to ensure it is valid. Request it for the crew who will be doing repairs or installing your new roof also. Workman's Comp insurance is abused in Georgia and that is why the costs are skyrocketing. Many roofing companies are just hoping you do not request it. By learning more about roofing and what to watch for, you can protect your financial interests.