Differences between roofers, roofing contractors or roofing companies can be confusing.

Roofer, Roofing Contractor, Roofing Company: What’s the Difference?

The benefits that your roof brings to your home or business cannot be underestimated. Not only do they protect the building against those nasty heavy downpours we seem to get here at Lake of the Ozarks, but they also provide protection against other harmful elements like sunlight, snow, ice, extreme temps, and even the occasional falling debris. In addition, roofs contribute to the aesthetic value of the house, giving your home a higher market value.

So, irrespective of whether you want to replace your old roof or want to install a new roof, it is important that you opt for the best roofing service you can get for your situation. However, when you search for roofers, Lake of the Ozarks has a variety of options available (hence, this article), and it will definitely not be a walk in the park without some guidelines. And it can become even more confusing, with there being different kinds of services and the differences between them. Your choices are between a roofer, a roofing contractor, and a roofing company.

If you are not familiar with the difference that lies between the three, this article has got you covered. The following is a discussion detailing the difference between a roofer, roofing contractor, and roofing company.

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1. Roofer

Roofer on a steep roof, working on shingles.A roofer is a broad term that’s used to refer to any individual that works on roofs. This can either be a skilled or semi-skilled individual, a licensed contractor, or an unlicensed contractor that offers roofing services. It is important to note that a roofer may have the skills to carry out a complex roofing project but may also lack the resources to do so.

It is important to get clarification if you decide to hire a roofer. Are they licensed or not? Do they have certifications, or do they work for a company or own a roofing company? If everything checks out with what they told you, you can go ahead and hire them for your roofing needs.

2. Roofing Contractor

Roofing contractor working on a roof.A roofing contractor is specifically an individual that has been licensed by the relevant authority to operate as a contractor offering roofing services. It is important to note that some roofing contractors carry out the work assigned to them on their own while others delegate the task to sub-contractors. Your roofing contractor should clarify whether they will be doing the work themselves or hiring subcontractors.

It is also important to note that a roofing contractor can also be employed by a roofing company to work on projects that the company receives. Therefore, you can also access a roofing contractor through a roofing company.

3. Roofing Company

Roofing company crew at work on a home roof.A roofing company specializes in offering commercial services that are related to roofs and are also registered as legal entities. They work with licensed roofers in their projects. It is advisable to work with a roofing company because they tend to have better resources and longevity, and you can rest assured that they will be in operation for years to come. Additionally, a roofing company will typically not work with someone that’s not their employee, which ensures that you get quality services. Often, employees are encouraged or required to seek additional certifications when offered a roofing job with a local company.

Some companies even carry out background checks on their employees to ensure that they are working with professionals.

Key Takeaways

So we see that, technically speaking, a roofing company actually embodies all three of these types of services. It employs roofers, the owner is a contractor who may also have several contractors working with or for him, plus you get the added benefits that come with a legitimate and respected local company that has ties to the community where its reputation is important.

Whether you choose to work with a roofer, roofing contractor, or roofing company, you should carry out due diligence. Verify their credentials, read up on the reviews made about them, compare their prices and experience in the roofing industry. Your ultimate goal is to find a roofing service provider that you can trust, who will give you quality services at a fair price.

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About Roof Lux

Roof Lux is a Lake of the Ozarks Roofing Company that is veteran-owned. When asked what separates Roof Lux from some of the other local, companies, the owner, Darrell Elliott, says, “The difference is that I genuinely care about the people. And I want them to get the very best quality roof that their situation and budget will allow.”

The company operates on three ethical promises. 

  1. You will get first-class service with good communication and courtesy.
  2. You will get expert knowledge and expertise for your roof’s needs.
  3. You get the best in workmanship, materials, and warranties.

Contact them today for a free estimate on your roofing job, and be sure to ask about financing for your project.

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