By Deborah Bostock-Kelley
Imagine being in the roofing industry and maintaining a spotless standing in the community for over 60 years.
Founded in New York in 1952 by Santis Squitiro and relocated to Florida in 1974, Acoma Roofing Inc. is a family-owned business now operated by sons San and Steve in Oldsmar that prides itself on its exceptional customer service and a blemish-free reputation.
Acoma Roofing Inc. is a commercial, industrial, and residential roofing installer, specializing in roof installation, repair and maintenance. They are certified installer and provider of new and reroofs of all types of roofing.
A GAF Master Elite® Contractor since 2008, requiring proper licensing and adequate insurance, a proven reputation and commitment to ongoing professional training, Acoma Roofing Inc. is guided by the mission of providing only superior customer service. Experienced estimators will come out to a homeowner’s residence and provide a cost-free, no-obligation evaluation of the roof.
With sixty thousand re-roofed homes since its inception, Acoma Roofing Inc. is proud of its longevity in the industry and recognition for going above and beyond for its customers. Should a problem arise, the issue is taken care of with transparency. In 63 years, the company has never had a complaint filed with the licensing board or the Better Business Bureau.
Whether you seek to know the condition of your roof or have immediate plans to replace it, Acoma Roofing Inc. will give you a roof assessment – an analysis of shingle, tile, metal, and flat roofing roofs.
With their excellent quality artistry and proper maintenance, the average lifecycle of a shingle roof is up to 25 years; a tile roof 20-35 years; a metal roof up to 50 years, and a flat roof 10-15 years. Acoma Roofing Inc. can help you reduce your energy costs and keep water and moisture that can cause serious wood rot and mold. If your Homeowners Association requires roof cleaning, Acoma Roofing Inc. technicians can remove fungus from shingles and tile with safe, effective low-pressure cleaning.
San explained that there are unprincipled businesses that will take advantage of the client’s lack of understanding of the process.
Price should not be the deciding factor when hiring a roofing contractor. Always research your roofing company by reading reviews and checking with the Better Business Bureau and Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.
San stressed that there are several important questions to ask before hiring a roofing contractor before you make a decision: Do they hire subcontractors? Do they carry workman’s comp with all workers names listed? Do they carry liability insurance? Can you get a list of employees that will be working on your roofing job?
He also said to ask if the company trucks will have the business name on them to help identify subcontractors. Subcontracting is illegal unless the subcontractor has a roofing license and puts the homeowner at risk.
It is important to review the contract before you sign it, make sure any required permits are in place, know the Florida Construction Lien Law, and don’t pay in cash.
“We don’t use subcontractors,” explained San. “Our people are employees, with healthcare and 401(k) plans. They’re covered by workers’ compensation and liability. They’re trained and certified installers for GAF and other manufacturers. Our trucks are emblazoned with our name, license, and phone number, and our people wear Acoma Roofing uniform shirts. Customers who hire us know they’re not getting subcontractors, and that’s important. Roofing companies who use subcontracted labor are breaking the law and setting up homeowners for liabilities from non-payment to hospital expenses if a worker is hurt on their property.”
San recommends not waiting until the rainy season to consider a roof replacement. Storms can delay installation. The best time is November through March, the drier season.
Acoma Roofing Inc. is proud of their involvement in the community. Though 8 on Your Side typically covers unscrupulous business practices, in 2017, they covered the feel-good story of Acoma Roofing Inc. and its supplier. Acoma Roofing Inc. and their supplier came to the aid of a family that had no roof due to their trust in a dishonest roofer and the companies replaced their roof without cost.
That isn’t the first time Acoma Inc. has given away a free roof. They participated in No Roof Left Behind to provide a roof to a lucky winner.
“There are lots of fly-by-nights in this industry. When we see someone being taken advantage of, we have to make it right again.”
Honest business practices, integrity, transparency, and excellent reputation in the industry, coupled with excellent customer service has helped Acoma Roofing Inc. continue to be a name positively recognized throughout Tampa Bay for over 60 years.
For more information about Elite Roofing, please visit acomaroofing.com or for homeowners interested in a free estimate, call 727-733-5580.