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Sullivan: Important tips for choosing a roofing contractor

Our homes are the single most important investment in our lives. Bob Schell of Robert’s Exterior Services in Wonder Lake shares some very important reminders when choosing a roofing contractor:

Choosing a contractor for repairs and maintenance can be a daunting challenge.

At the top of that list, and the top of your house, is your roof. The importance of choosing the right contractor for your roofing system will be one of the most important decisions you can make. Your roof design and its specific needs and weaknesses are what you want your roofing professional to address. You want to choose a contractor who is well-established in your community, is licensed in the state of Illinois and has the proper insurance coverage.

A common problem a homeowner can experience is using a contractor whose crews are not trained in a specific roofing procedure.   

It is up to you, the homeowner, to ask for proper credentials and documentation. Most roofing professionals will have certifications from the roofing material manufacturer that says the specific contractor is qualified to install your roof. This is very important if there is a claim or a warranty concern in the future. Choose a roofing contractor who is referred to you, well-established in your community and a member of your chamber of commerce. 

Before you begin your home spring projects contact the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce at 815-728-0682 or for a list of local, reputable contractors.

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Congratulations to Mark Folliard of Folliard Carpentry for being chosen as the 2014 Wonder Lake Business of the Year.

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Applications are being accepted for the Miss Wonder Lake Scholarship Pageant. Girls between the ages of 16 and 21 living in Wonder Lake are encouraged to participate in the upcoming pageant. Entry forms are available at the chamber office or on the chamber’s website ( The deadline for entries is today. The pageant will be May 16.

• Donna Sullivan is executive director of the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 815-728-0682. 

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