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The Top 3 ‘Can’t Miss’ Dining Spots in All of Sussex County

The Top 3 ‘Can’t Miss’ Dining Spots in Sussex County

In our newest local series, we are focused on showcasing some of the other TOP businesses in the Sussex County area. In this publication, we are shining a light on some of the finest restaurant and dining spots we have at our fingertips – some that many of us may not have even patronized before! Particularly as Sussex County is such a ‘big’ small county!

Whether you’re from Georgetown, Lewes, or Milford and are looking for some new dining spots to try, or for a new ‘date-night’ spot, you won’t want to miss these spots!

What we are looking for in our reviews:

  • tastiness of staple dishes
  • overall review profiles
  • menu offering
  • quality of menu
  • entree presentation
  • price and value
  • among other considerations

Ultimately, our goal here is to focus on LOCAL. Focusing on our small business community, bringing awareness and empowering other local Sussex County businesses. We want to encourage more Delawareans to shop local, “buy local”, dine local, so local small businesses can thrive and offer the personal touch you just won’t see from distant corporate/conglomerate operations for many more years to come!

#1 The Counting House

The Counting House is a well-known local spot in Georgetown, a historic restaurant, owned by Bill Clifton. Initially based in Rehoboth Beach, Clifton moved his restaurant back to Georgetown, closer to his early roots. The Counting House offers an incredible coastal cuisine, and doesn’t just use ‘lip service’ on the concept of ‘farm to table’. The Counting House has extremely close relationships with local farmers and fisherman, allowing them to provide delectable dishes all constructed with local-ingredients. You can feel good not only enjoying such a delicious meal, but knowing that you’re directly supporting local Delaware farmers and fisherman – supporting a multi-tier of local businesses by dining at The Counting House.

The Counting House has created a very unique ambiance that Clifton takes pride in. It is a relaxed atmosphere with not only delicious food, but with spacious room, it provides space for large private events and parties (a venue we strongly recommend you to consider). There are multiple dining rooms and spots, including outside, and on the rooftop. While traveling to the rooftop, and you might find live music entertainment playing.

Want to send your taste-buds on a journey with some incredible cuisine only to be had by a local spot? You’re doing your taste-buds a disservice if you don’t sample the bacon-wrapped bison wrap and cornbread. Again, with locally sourced meat. The Counting House has a unique approach in that they offer seasonal menus, so if you’re an adventurous foodie, you can always find something new! You’ll also want to check out their happy hour specials, or daily specials – such as the Friday special: $20 twin crab cake!

To see even more raving fanatics of The Counting House, you won’t have to look much further than their Facebook or Google reviews, with almost over 100 5-star reviews. For these reasons, The Counting House takes our #1 spot!

The Counting House can be found at 18 The Cir, Georgetown, DE 19947 or you can call (302) 856-1836

#2 Westside Restaurant

If supporting local is important to you, then you’d be remiss to not visit Westside Restaurant. With deep roots in our local community for over 20 years, Westside uses locally sourced ingredients from local Delaware vendors to create delicious homemade food. Westside is an old-school diner with delicious American cuisine.

In 2017, Madula Kalesis wanted to give the restaurant a face lift & breathe some fresh new air into the restaurant, transforming it with a more modern interior. While the restaurant may look different inside, it was important to Kalesis to keep the menu intact and unchanged; preserving all the local fan-favorite dishes that have kept regulars coming back for years!

Westside is our ‘can’t miss’ spot for American fare, as well as seafood and comfort food. There’s a few reasons why Westside comes into #2 on our list. The most important is of course the quality of the food. The pricing is extremely fair for the portions that are served, whether you come for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The waitstaff is extremely attentive and caring. As important as the food is, the customer service can make or break a dining-out experience. A lackadaisical or careless waitress provides a much different experience than an accommodating waitress responsive to your concerns and needs. With the owner intimately involved in the restaurant’s operation, you’ll feel like you’re not just a patron, but a family member.

Reviewing Westside Restaurant’s online reputation, and you’ll see all the justified fanfare that they receive! With over 190 recommendations on Facebook (yes, you need to try the bacon and cheese fries, you’ve earned it), close to 50 5-star reviews on Yelp and almost 600 5-Star reviews … you’ll be hard-pressed to find another local dining spot with those types of ratings.

Whether you live in Milford, or maybe passing through Sussex County on the way to Ocean City, make sure you do yourself a favor, and stop by this gem! This is a local ‘mom & pop’ restaurant that makes you feel good to support. It may not be in the heart of Wilmington or Baltimore or Philly where it would surely become a household name … but just because you may not have heard of Westside before, don’t let that fool you. It is a local fan-favorite!

You can find Westside Restaurant at 101 S Maple Ave, Milford, DE 19963 or call (302) 424-4888 for reservations

#3 Patty’s Deli

Do you enjoy GOOD deli? Looking for a new lunch spot for what some call “the best sandwich of their life”? Then you may want to head-on over to Patty’s in Georgetown for lunch. Believe us, it’s worth the trip!

Patty Jacobs wanted to open a restaurant where she could delight happy customer’s taste-buds with delicious sandwiches, cheeses and baked treats. Over the years, Patty’s reputation for incredible sandwiches has spread like wildfire to those in the know in Georgetown. But, across Sussex County, we think even more locals have to know about this carryout gem!

Patty’s is located right around the corner from the Delaware DMV, so you can turn a painful day at the DMV into a tasteful day by stopping at Patty’s. What should you order? Some of Patty’s most famous sandwiches are her chicken salad, shrimp salad, tuna, and turkey!

Patty’s not only offers delicious sandwiches and wraps, but but the pricing is very reasonable for the portions. The taste resembles a local chef pouring TLC into each hand-crafted sandwich that they sell – no mass production-tasting, run of the mill cold-cuts here!

Keep in mind that is more of a take-out spot. It may be a hidden local gem, but now that you’re in the loop, you’ll know where you too can grab one of the best artisan sandwiches in the area!

Patty’s Deli can be found at 517 S Bedford St, Georgetown, DE 19947 or you can call (302) 253-8692 for carry-out orders!

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Fun Things to Do in Dover, Delaware

Fun Things to Do in Dover, Delaware

If you’re from Maryland and are looking for a fun day trip to Dover, or if you’re from Dover and simply looking for something new to try, in this list we are looking to showcase the many fun things and attractions in Dover. There always tends to be a festival or big event that you can stop by. Dover is actually the capital of Delaware, and the second-largest city in DE with a population of over 36,000 people! It is apart of Kent County and on the St. Jones River.

If you are a fan of historic attractions and cultural things to do, then Dover is the perfect spot for you! Between the Firefly Music Festival, Dover International Speedway, and Dover Days, you’ll surely be able to find something!

First State Heritage Park

Prior to the Revolution, Dover was apart of the state of Pennsylvania. At the First State Heritage Park, you can learn all about America’s colonial history, as well as Delaware’s original beginning. There are special lantern tours, and plantation tours. On the first Saturday of each month, special programs and events are put on at the First State Heritage Park. This could mean certain buildings that are normally closed are open for the for the First Saturday. First State Heritage Park also has a Market Fair in Novembers where blacksmiths, brewers amongst others are able to display their skills on Dover’s historic Green. Not an event to miss!

Old State House

If you can appreciate history, then you’ll certainly want to check out the Old State House in Dover, Delaware. You can learn about Samuel Burris, and observe incredible exhibits throughout the Old State House. Built in 1971, it served as Delaware’s capitol until 1933. This museum is free and open to the public.

Johnson Victrola Museum

Another incredible museum that you simply must visit in Dover, Delaware is the Johnson Victrola Museum. Go on a guided tour learning the story of Eldridge Johnson. Johnson was the founded of the Victor Talking Machine Company, and is quite the story.

Silver Lake Park

If you enjoy the great outdoors and mother nature, you’ll want to head over to Silver Lake Park in Dover. There is over 180 acres that includes walking and jogging trails, picnic grounds, and a playground for the children. You’ll see tons of nature, including ducks in the nearby water.

Firefly Festival

If you’re a music lover, then you have surely heard about the Firefly Music Festival. Firefly has become of the most iconic and well known musical festivals in the United States that generally features alternative, rock and up-and-coming bands. A multi-day festival, you will bond with thousands of like-minded concert goers and enjoy an incredible time in Dover!


One of the best things about visiting Dover, Delaware is the food and restaurant options. If you are a foodie, and enjoy delectable dining options, Dover is a must-visit. One particular charming restaurant to visit is Grey Fox Grille and Public House. This restaurant has the atmosphere of being welcomed into someone’s home – a true hidden gem in Dover. If you enjoy seafood, you’ll certainly want to try the crab cake or white fish.

Another highly rated Dover restaurant is Vincenzo’s Pizzaeria & Gelato. This is a local fan-favorite for its Italian options and desserts. If you enjoy Italian food, you must sample the stromboli, fettuccine, veal, and of course the pizza. Many locals think this is one of the most top-notch pizzerias in Dover.

Yukon Korean BBQ & Sushi Bar is a delicious option if you’re hunkering for sushi or Korean BBQ. The food is known to always be fresh at Yukon, with friendly staff. You’ll want to sample the lobster rolls, spicy ramen, and of course the locally inspired “Dover” roll. Other well known restaurants in Dover are Akhibachis, The Countrie Eatery, Where Pigs Fly, Governors Cafe, Chaiyo Sushi, and the Rice Restaurant.

Locally Trusted Dover Roofers

If you’re a homeowner in Dover, and your roof is starting to leak, naturally you want to turn to a local contractor that you can trust. Someone that shares the same values as yourself, and is an active participant and member of the Dover community. We take pride in our Dover roots. We have provided roof repair and roof replacement services across the Dover, Delware area for years. Whether you are looking to replace your asphalt shingle roof, or install a new metal roof, we can certainly help. We offer one of the best warranties in the industry, utilize premium materials, and take pride in our astounding craftsmanship. Not all roofers are the same. And if you want a highly-reviewed and referred Dover roofing company, give us a call today! You can also find out more information on our website


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Fun Things To Do in Wilmington Delaware

Fun Things To Do in Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware is the largest city in Delaware with a population of over 70,000 people. While Wilmington is not the largest city, it is still divided into numerous subdivisions and neighborhoods, that is split between North of the Brandywine River, East of I-95, West of I-95 and the historic and conservation districts in Wilmington.

For a small “large” city, there is still a lot to do. Whether you are visiting family, or live in Wilmington, there is something for everyone. Perhaps you are visiting with family and your kids, or perhaps you’re visiting solo and looking more for nightlife. If you’re searching for family activities or adventure, there is plenty to do in Wilmington for a day trip. Museums, gardens and scenery, Wilmington is a great tourist spot!

Wilmington & Western Railroad

Located in Wilmington is the Wilmington & Western Railroad. Here you can take a train tour through the Red Clay Valley of Wilmington. These steam and diesel powered trains offer theme based trips and are perfect for kids and the entire family. There are many events year-round, such as in September there is Mt. Cuba Meteor, Brews on Board where local craft brews are served on a 90 minute trip through the valley, Hayride Express, Hockessin Merchant Express, the Autumn Leaf Special in early October, the Halloween Express on October 27th, and the Santa Claus Express on Nov 29th. This is a wonderful attraction not to be missed.

Hagley Museum and Library

If you enjoy museum and historical sight-seeing, the Hagley Museum is a sport worth seeing. It is a former industrial site of the DuPont Company in 1802. It is currently 100’s of acres of rolling hills with stone ruins and beautiful estates. This is now a National Landmark and a Recreation Trail. This is the spot where the DuPont Company was formed, and features a museum with numerous interactive exhibits. This is one of the most beautiful parts of Delaware as well, and features a beautiful property. The tour guides can help guide you around the property, and discuss the rise of DuPont.

Nemours Estate

The Nemours Estate is a large, mansion with huge gardens for sightseeing. The woodlands, meadows and lawns are an incredible sightseeing and photo opportunity. The home is extravagant and features many beautiful paintings all around the estate. There are both self guided and attended tours if you would like to be led on a personal tour of the mansion. There is plenty to see and learn about. If you want to spend an afternoon traveling back in time and imagining what it would have been like to live in such a luxurious estate, this is the place to visit!

Walk The Wilmington Riverwalk

If you are looking for something outdoorsey, be sure to check out the Wilmington Riverwalk. This is a beautiful waterfront developed my Wilmington with excellent landscaping, and restaurants, shops, for a unique day experience. Check out the board walk to experience real downtown Wilmington, and catch a sunset on the riverfront. It features a beautiful view of the river, and is lit up at night with even fishing opportunities underneath the dam! If you want to do something different, take a walk on the riverfront and be sure to grab a photo!

Delaware Museum of Natural History

You won’t find anything like the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Delaware. It has numerous exhibits on dinosaurs and mammals. If you are visiting Wilmington with your children, it features numerous interactive exhibits to entertain your family and facilitate learning.

Delaware Art Museum

If you can appreciate art and culture, the Delaware Art Museum is a must-visit. It is one of the largest art collections in the entire state of Delaware with more than 12,000 pieces. From American art to illustrations from the 19th century, there is plenty to see. There is exhibits and displays featuring work from both national names and local Wilmington artists. There are also classes and workshops offered for visitors.

Grand Opera House

One of the most iconic ‘things-to-do’ in Wilmington, Delaware is visiting the Grand Opera Ho   use in downtown Wilmington. The Grand was built all the way back in 1871 to the Masons. It then became a venue for operas and symphonies. You can visit the Grand Opera House to watch plays and opera shows. It is a beautiful and intimate venue with quality lineup. While there isn’t a bad seat in the house, you may want to try to get a seat in the balcony or the Parquet!

Brandywine Zoo

The Brandywine Zoo is located in downtown Wilmington on over 12-acres land, and over 150 different species! The zoo has three sections, the main zoo, a petting zoo and for the exotic animals. Be sure to visit the sloth exhibits, the capybara and the red pandas! If you are traveling with children, there are plenty of educational and informational learning opportunities on the exhibits that focus on select species!


Wilmington is home to some of the most delicious restaurants in not only Delaware, but the Mid Atlantic! Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront is the perfect dining spot after walking on the Riverfront. It features a perfect location with delicious steaks. Big Fish Grill has delicious calamari and seafood, and a beautiful outdoor ambiance. Another highly rated and reviewed Wilmington restaurant is Domain Hudson. This is a restaurant that features classy New American food and an extensive wine menu. If you are traveling to North Wilmington it is one of the best restaurants in the area with not only excellent food, but mouth-watering cocktails as well. It is one of the lesser-known restaurants, but highly rated and adored by all those that do.

Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar has a patio, happy hour and riverfront setting to create the perfect ambiance. If you like seafood, be sure to visit Banks. Whether you like tuna, oysters, crab, soft shelled crab or scallops, this is one of the most delicious seafood restaurants in all of Wilmington. Trolley Square Oyster House is another hot spot seafood restaurant in Wilmington with a raw bar and seafood plates. You may want to sample the crab cakes or the fish ‘n’ chips or oyster! There is both an indoor and outdoor bar with copious amounts of space to dine in comfort!

A Local Wilmington Roofing Company That You Can Trust

Is your roof leaking? Do you have an aging roof that is in need of being replaced? Don’t hire just any roofing company, as your roof is one of the most valuable investments you will make in your home. We have proudly served the Wilmington metro area for years, and take pride in our Delaware roots. We shop at the same stores as our customers, and eat at the same restaurants. There is no doubt that we take our commitment to the Wilmington community seriously, as we value our local roots and contributions.

We provide roof replacement services across the Wilmington area, including asphalt shingle, metal and slate roof replacement. Give us a call today for a next day roof inspection! Or, visit our website for more information.

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How Do You Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Roof?

Is It Time To Replace Your Old Leaky Roof?

One of the most frequent questions that most homeowners have is, “how do I know when it’s time to replace my roof”, or “do I need to replace my roof?”

While this is a loaded question, there are many variables. For instance, what type of roofing material did you have installed on your roof, how was the craftsmanship, are you currently experiencing any leaks, are you noticing any cracking, curling, broken, missing or shrinking shingles? Do storms tend to blow off your shingles each time a wind storm passes through?

When The Signs Begin

If your roof is constantly leaking, or a storm has blown multiple shingles off – it may be a sign of a larger problem. Once a roof starts leaking, or shingles are broken off or lifted, it can cause a ‘break’ in the entire roofing system. You could have damage to your sheathing or underlayment. Replacing shingles is one thing – but sheathing can be expensive to replace, and can increase the overall cost of your roof replacement if you don’t treat it before it gets happened. Leaks and existing damage will determine whether your roof can be re-covered or needs to be torn off and replaced.

The Options

When it comes to your roof – you truly “get what you pay for”. There are many different roofing options out there. From asphalt shingles, to metal, to tile, to slate, to cedar shake. And even within each material family, there are many options, from asphalt 3-tab shingles to architectural shingles. The quality of each material varies with price. For instance, a metal roof is typically going to be more expensive than an asphalt shingle roof. However, you will get a longer lifespan out of a metal roof, so while a metal roof may be a larger upfront investment, it can pay-off as a more economical long-term investment. Similarly, a tile roof is one of the sturdiest (and most visually appealing), and a slate roof has one of the longest lifespan of all roofs. Some buildings still have their original slate roofs after centuries – however, slate roofs are more expensive than other materials.

So It’s Time For a New Roof?

If it’s time to replace your roof, and you’re on a fixed budget, roll roofing and strip shingles (3-tab) are some of the more inexpensive options. The trade-off is in their lifespan and longevity. 3-tab is very popular because of its price point, however, a better choice for long-term is laminated/architectural shingles or metal roofing for your residential home.

When there’s a windstorm with 60+ mph wind gusts, it’s more likely that you’ll see a 3-tab shingle roof with blown off shingles than you will with an architectural shingle roof. Architectural shingles tend to have less blow off, more durable, and are designed with a random style of pattern. Depending on the price point, you will see different types of warranties – anywhere from a handful of years up to lifetime guaranty.

One of the strongest roofing materials to hold up to the elements is metal roofing. It’s made of corrugated steel and rolled rib. It takes extreme winds to damage a metal roof because of how it is fastened to your pitched roof. Recently, metal roofing has become much more popular with the growing array of colors to choose from, and that it is a longer-lasting investment as compared to removing and replacing a shingle roof every 10 or 20 years.

Do Your Homework

When it is time to replace your roof, you want to spend the proper time to do your research and homework to explore all of these options before selecting any particular roofing material or roofing contractor. You should not feel pressured or rushed as it is a big investment. Just remember, the cheapest price is not always the best value. If a contractor can undercut all of the competitors significantly – there may be a reasoning, such as cutting corners on labor, material quality, warranties, or even with insurance/licensing.

Lastly, remember that early detection of any leaks or storm damage is key to extending the lifespan of your roof. Just like the importance of home maintenance in other areas of your home, such as cleaning, windows, hvac, plumbing, the same holds true with roofing, if not more important. A yearly inspection is not a bad idea after a hail or wind storm. Any reputable contractor will be happy to provide a free assessment or inspection.

Care For Your New Roof

The more you care for and maintain your existing roof, the longer you can stretch its life, and minimize future costs for when it is time to replace the roof on your home! And when that time comes, remember to do your research to find the best and most trusted Delaware roofing contractor!

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How Do You Know That You’re Hiring The Right Roofing Contractor?

Does your Delaware home need roof repairs for leaks, or a complete total roof replacement? Your roof is one of the most expensive and important assets to your home. The importance of finding the right roofing contractor that will care for your roof like their own can’t be overstated.

Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the outside elements. Whether that is inclement weather, rain, hail, wind, a hurricane, tornado, ice, snow – your roof protects your home, your family and its belongings from water damage. A poorly installed roof can put your home at risk with water seeping in, and mold developing.

Before hiring a contractor, you want to ask them about the quality of the materials they are using, and research what others say about that brand. You want to understand the quality and expertise of the employees. Is the company local – or are they a national brand. Do they have any references or social reviews?

Consultative Or One-Dimensional

Is your roofing contractor a specialist in only one type of roofing material, or are they experienced with several? Not all homes are built the same, nor does every home have the same needs. There are numerous roofing systems out in the marketplace to accommodate an array of residential and commercial structures.

Some roofing contractors only specialize in asphalt shingle roofs. And while shingle roofs are one of the most widespread roofing materials used on homes across the country – shingles are not your only option. A quality contractor should explain all of your options, such as a metal roof, slate roof, copper, wood, shake, or tile roof. Some homeowners may prefer a roof that will last longer than a shingle roof, such as metal, even if it means that the initial cost may be more upfront.

If you’re looking for something such as a slate roof, or tile roof, you want to select a roofer that has experience working with those materials before. A shingler may not understand the intricacies of installing a terracotta or clay tile roof.

Roof Replacement or Roof Repair?

Depending on who you call, you may get different answers. Some companies will tell you that you need a roof replacement no matter what, even if it’s a year-old roof. At the same time, if you have a few blown off shingles and call a handyman who is not trained in storm damage, or signs of roof damage, they may simply recommend a couple hundred dollars in roof repairs. Both situations can be dangerous, which is why you want an honest, local roofing company. If you could qualify for a new roof from insurance because of storm damage, but have a handyman nail back on blown shingles, it could void the warranty, it could cause potential leaks or breaks in your roofing system, and likely will disqualify a roof claim as you made temporary patchwork repairs without insurance.

Is your contractor local or from out of state?

It’s not unusual to be hounded by door knockers and out of state roofing contractors after a storm. While we don’t have as many storms in Delaware as Texas or Colorado, we still get plenty of wind and rain to drive in occasional storm chasers. You want to be very careful with the contractor that you select to help you with your roof and insurance scope. Some storm chasing companies have what is called “taillight warranties” where once they leave – they will be gone for good. Whereas, a local Delaware roofing contractor can stand the test of time with your roof, and if you ever have future leaks, can honor their warranty and guarantees.

Do they have references?

A quality roofing company should have no problem showing you dozens, if not hundreds of references and testimonials of their previous work. A new roof is a huge monetary investment for a homeowner – and understandably a very stressful decision. When a roofing contractor eases that burden by calmly helping the homeowner through the process (particularly if it’s an insurance claim) & delivers a beautiful new roof – many homeowners are naturally elated and relieved with the final product.

A quality contractor should be able to showcase these before/after photos, and have local glowing reviews and references from these other homeowners to share with you. This is not only a reflection of their reputation in the community, but a reflection of their experience. The more reviews they can share with you is also a good sign that they are experienced working on local roofing systems similar to your own!

It’s important to contemplate all of these points before purchasing a new roof – as a quality roof should last 15 or 20 years, or longer if you decide on a metal or tile or slate roof!

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Top 8 Things To Know Before Hiring a Delaware Roofing Company

What Should You Know Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor?

It’s important to be careful when you are selecting a Delaware roofing contractor. It is one of the most valuable, and expensive parts of your home. It requires a meticulous decision before deciding which roofer you should trust your home to.

(1) Getting estimates and understanding them in entirety can be overwhelming

You may wonder if you’re getting good value for the price, and may be confused about what’s included, what’s necessary and what isn’t. You want to look to referrals and recommendations for whom others have worked with. Reviews can help indicate the experience and qualifications of the contractor whose writing your estimate.

Multiple estimates in writing from each roofing contractor can allow you to clearly visualize and see what you are getting. It is ill-advised to simply rely on verbal promises of a roofing company, get it in writing! Get all guarantees, warranties and promises in writing – as that can be the first thing a contractor “forgets”.

(2) Take your time!

It’s better to take your time to do your research to select a quality roofing company than simply going to the first company that shows up, or to the lowest bidder. It is cheaper to do it right the first time, than it is to accept the cheapest bid, and have to re-do your entire roof 2 or 3 years later.

(3) Find out if your roofing contractor is licensed and insured!

Roofing can be a dangerous trade. You don’t want to put yourself at risk of liability if your roofing contractor is not insured or unlicensed. If something awful were to happen, such as someone falling off of a ladder, you don’t want to leave yourself vulnerable for liability – where insurance could cover those risks.

Licensing and insurance is also a reflection of the professionalism and trustworthiness of the contractor. While a one-man roofing crew may not be licensed or insured as a way to keep costs low, a larger roofing contractor will likely have all of these aspects covered. This may allow the uninsured roofing contractor to underbid everyone else – but this is a true “buyer beware” type of situation.

(4) Is your contractor a roofing contractor – or a general contractor?

You want to work with a roofing contractor that specializes in roof replacements – someone who does roof repair and installations all day, every day. A general contractor is likely doing multiple trades. You want to ensure this is someone who will be in businesses for the full warranty of your roof.

(5) Understand your warranty

Your roof is the most expensive part of your home – and needs to be protected for the long-term. It is advisable to understand the terms of your roof’s warranty. What is your roofs warranty? What does it cover? Is just the material covered? Or is it just the craftsmanship and labor? Make sure materials and labor coverage are clearly spelled out.

(6) Gut-Feeling

It’s important to think about your relationship with the sales rep that comes out. Do you feel comfortable with the rep or roofing contractor that you’re meeting with? Do you feel they are being honest and everything is clearly laid out in understandable terms? Has your contractor mentioned anything unscrupulous about not needing to pull permits (if necessary), or about paying deductibles if it is an insurance or storm damage claim? Your contractor needs to obtain all required roofing or re-roofing permits and schedule proper inspections.

Did the company show up on time for your estimate – or did they have to reschedule several times with troublesome communication? Think about how they may treat you after you’ve paid in full. If they cannot impress you before they’re hired – it is alarming how they may treat you after they get the contract. You can even ask your city’s building department if they are familiar with the roofing company.

Trust your feelings and gut.

(7) Payment Terms

Is your roofing contractor requiring upfront deposit or money down? If so – this is something worth thinking about. Many large roofing contractors won’t require a deposit, as they do not rely on the initial deposit in order to buy materials or start work. It is never a good idea to pay in cash upfront, but if you do pay a deposit, keep a file of everything relating to your roof replacement project. Do not make any final payments until you’re completely satisfied with the job.

(8) Ask about their roof installing process

Your roofing contractor will bear the burden of ensuring your roof is waterproof. How long will the contractor take? Can they do the roof in one day, or will they take 2 or 3 days? How will they protect your garden, or cars, or belongings? Will they put a tarp up, will they take a magnet around to clean up your property at completion?

Take pictures as the work progresses to document if anything were to happen to your home.

These guidelines will help you to get a quality new roof replacement at a fair price – where you will be happy with the results!