The difference between roofing companies and contractors

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When looking for quotes from roofers, you may encounter both roofing companies and roofing contractors. What’s the difference?

In fact, there’s a lot of overlap and the difference is a little subtle, but it’s still important to consider.

A Roofing Contractor VS. a Roofing Company

Both roofing contractors and roofing companies are professional entities who work repairing and replacing roofs. The difference is largely scale:

  • A roofing contractor is usually an individual who specializes in working on roofs, though sometimes they are a general contractor who also does roofs. They hire employees or sometimes sub-contract their work out. They may even be employed by a roofing company.
  • A roofing company is a company that employs roofers to complete their jobs. Roofing companies generally have higher levels of insurance and equipment, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they do a better job.

In general, roofing companies are lower risk to work with, because they have the assets, insurance, and bonding to back up any complications that occur during the job.

Should You Choose a Roofing Contractor or Roofing Company?

Since a roofing company can hire a contractor and a contractor can subcontract, it’s important to talk directly with any contractor or business to find out how your work will be done.

Reviews are an excellent way to determine whether a business is trustworthy, and it’s often the only way to really determine whether you should work with a company. Simply being a contractor or being a company doesn’t mean that a roofer is a good choice: you need to dig a little deeper.

Working with a roofing company is usually more reliable than working directly with a roofing contractor, but not all roofing companies are made equal.

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