Millard Roofing has consistently received the highest ratings available from the BBB and other roofing industry associations for the Omaha & Lincoln, Nebraska areas. We make sure that every roof we replace acts as a testimony of our commitment to excellence and quality. Millard Roofing is a strong company with a long-term history of installing high quality residential roofs at a fair price. Our commitment to excellence has been noticed by our customers, and some of them have had us come back multiple times for roof replacements, moving, hail damage, storms, or wind damage. If you want to see why Millard Roofing is rated as the #1 preferred roofing contractor in Omaha, Nebraska and its surrounding areas, just read some of our customer testimonials!
As a consumer, choosing a roofing material is an important decision. At Millard Roofing, when you are ready to start this process, we can bring shingle samples directly to your home. We also have a display at our office in Omaha in case you would like to see how different shingles look once they are installed. We also can provide you with home addresses of some of our completed home roofing projects around the Omaha area in any of the styles you are considering—so that you can see the shingle styles firsthand.
Millard Roofing has a wide variety of roofing materials available to you. We offer all shingle types—from the standard 3-tab composition shingles to textured architectural shingles such as stone coated steel, tile roofing, dimensional impact resistant shingles, and more. We also work with materials such as seam metal roofing (copper, steel, stainless and aluminum), EPDM (a synthetic rubber membrane for flat roofs), shake, slate, and FRT replacements. To help you choose the best roofing job for your needs, we will carefully inspect the current condition of your roof.
Proper Ventilation Systems
A proper ventilation system, which will allow excess heat and moisture to leave your roof, is just as important as choosing a shingle material. Without a proper ventilation system, condensation and heat build-up in a home’s attic can do a lot of damage: from reducing the effectiveness of insulation to damaging roofing components, which can cause rafters and sheathing to rot and shingles to soften, curl, or buckle. There are many new products available on the market today that can improve your roof’s ventilation, adding years to the life of your home’s new roof.
When you decide to replace your roof, you might also want to consider evaluating other potential roofing projects such as your gutters and downspouts, gutter protection systems, attic insulation, and skylights or sun tunnels. It is more convenient and efficient to have these changes addressed while you are installing your new roof.
Choosing a roofing contractor is a big job. When you begin the process of looking for a contractor, there are a few factors that you need to keep in mind. If you are properly prepared and educated before you start looking for a contractor, you will be sure to make the best decision for your home. We are confident that the more you know about choosing a trustworthy roofing contractor, the more likely it is that you will choose Millard Roofing as your roofing contractor.
When selecting a contractor, you should check their reputation, stability, and workmanship.
This is important because “over 1.1 million complaints and lawsuits were filed against contractors last year alone,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
When deciding on a roofing contractor to replace your roof, you should follow these guidelines to makes sure you pick a reliable contractor to get the job done right.
- Check the company’s bank financial stability and character letter: This letter, which will be signed by the bank, will show you how financially stable the company you are considering is, and you will see the bank’s judgment of that company’s character. Ask to see this letter so that you know you are working with a company that is both stable and financially sound.
- Ask to see the general liability insurance certificate: Do not choose a company that is “self-insured.” It is very important to know if the contractor you choose is carrying general liability insurance for both its residential and commercial roofing projects. A decently sized contractor will carry a certificate of no less than $500,000 and generally around $1,000,000 worth of coverage. If your contractor’s insurance policy does not have enough coverage for potential damages, then your contractor will be personally liable for those potential damages. If he can’t cover those costs, you will have no choice but to pay for the repairs or your roof replacement all on your own. This is extremely important, as over three-fourths of roofing contractors carry insufficient insurance coverage to protect you against these considerable losses.
- Ask for a supplier “lien waiver” letter up front: Don’t be fooled by contractors who promise they will give you a lien waiver letter but don’t show it to you up front. You must ask for this letter before the job even begins, especially before you make your first payment. There are very few contractors who will be able to provide you with this letter, which is the ultimate level of consumer protection.
- Ask to see the arbitration statement in contract: When reviewing your contract, ask to see the arbitration statement. This statement means that if complaints arise, the roofing contractor agrees to settle these disputes through binding arbitration. Without this statement, you have no other resource for resolving disputes.
- Ask to see current references: Any reputable roofing contractor will have a pre-printed list of references available upon request. This list will include customers from 1–5 years ago and even customers from a month ago. It is also a good idea to ask for suppliers, business references, etc. A reliable company will be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of every client they have served for at least the past 5 years. On average, a five year list of references will contain at least 2,000 job references.
- Be careful about giving cash up front: There are only two circumstances under which it is acceptable to give cash up front: if you special order non-returnable roofing materials or if insurance does not cover your repairs and you have questionable credit. 99% of the time, reputable roofing contractors will not need cash up front for the jobs that they do. If your roofing materials are standard wood, composition, or tile shingles, be very careful with contractors who ask you for money up front. This is the most common area of fraud among roofing contractors.
- Ask about trade association certificates of standing: If a roofing contractor belongs to a trade association, it means that they possess a certain level of quality and ethical integrity. Common associations to look for include the National Roofing Contractor Association and the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas.
- Ask to see a certified contractor status letter: A quality roofer should be able to produce a certified contractor status letter, which states that he is qualified according to certain industry standards. Because there are no national or local governing boards for roofing contractors, a roofer should be able to produce a list of what those standards entail.
- Use only certified installers on your roof: Sometimes, a contractor will try to use the certification he received himself to cover all of the staff members who work to install roofs for the company. You need to make sure that every roof installer is certified. If the owner of the company is not even the one installing your roof, his certification doesn’t matter. The certifications that really matter are the ones belonging (or not belonging) to the people actually installing your new roof. To make sure they are all certified, ask to see your crew chief’s certified installers’ cards.
- Ensure compliance to manufacturer installation guidelines: There are several different types of roofs, each one requiring different installation methods. Make sure to ask to see certification for technical competency in using the specific material and product you are having applied to your roof. Ask for your contractor to produce his letter of certification, which will affirm that he has passed all of the technical requirements needed to properly install that specific product on your roof.
- Do a quality inspection checklist and walk-through: Ask to review your contractor’s quality inspection checklist. A properly certified inspector should be provided to inspect the installation of your new roof, once the job has been completed. A walk-through of the checklist used during this inspection should occur before you make any payments.
We hope that the list provided above will provide you with the knowledge you need to find the best contractor in the area for your specific roofing project. To find out more about what sets Millard Roofing apart from the other roofing contractors in the area, read our customer testimonials.
Millard Roofing works with all of the top manufacturers of roofing products including Owens Corning, GAF/ELK, Tamko, Certain Teed, Atlas, and more.