CHOOSING THE BEST ROOFING CONTRACTOR
When you notice leaks inside of your home or realize that your roof is crumbling around you, finding a roofing contractor becomes a big priority. But where do you start? If you’re like many, you’ve never shopped for a roof before. Here are some practical tips that will help you find the best roofing contractor for your home.
Repairing or replacing your roof is a big decision. Making a poor choice about the contractor who’ll do the work can cost thousands of dollars. You can eliminate a lot of anxiety by doing thorough research about potential contractors.
It’s always best to hire a local roofing contractor. They’ll understand the climate and the type of damage that can happen in your region. They’ll know how to handle the most common issues that occur and be able to recommend the best roof materials for the area.
Bonus: Roofing contractors are more likely to care about doing a good job in their own “backyard”. Plus, if something goes wrong, it will be easier to find them. 😊
FIND ROOFING CONTRACTORS
- Use a local google search (roofers near me or roofers in Tampa, Brandon, etc.)
- Compile a list of local roofers that have decent reviews.
- Check the BBB for complaints
Further review the qualifications of the contractors on your list
- Make sure each contractor has an active license with the state
- Check out the contractor’s website, Understand what each offers.
Select your top 3-5 contractors and make an appointment to meet with a company representative and do an estimate for repair or replacement.
DECIDING WHICH CONTRACTOR TO HIRE
Now that you’ve done a little research, it’s time to make a final decision. Here are some more tips to narrow the field.
LOOK AT PAST WORK
Ask for past work examples. Most roofers have some sort of portfolio to showcase their work. It’s a good idea to review previous jobs to verify a contractors credibility and workmanship. (many roofers have examples of completed projects on their website)
To ensure the proper installation of roofing material, many manufacturers provide extensive training and certifications on the products they provide to contractors.
Request information about the contractor’s certifications upfront. You can separate the best roofers from the herd with the advanced certifications they hold.
ASK WHO WILL DO THE WORK
Avoid roofing companies that are heavily reliant on sub-contractors.
You’ll get the best result if the contractor is using their properly trained internal team for your roof.
GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING
You should receive an estimated quote of what the job will cost. Roofing jobs can lead to the discovery of additional issues. The contract should address the possibility of such issues. (example: estimates of potential repair costs for additional damage).
Note: legitimate roofers will never ask for total payment before the job starts. It’s common for an initial deposit to start the work (maybe for the initial materials and labor), with planned installments outlined in the contract.
Your roof is a significant aspect of your home, from curb appeal to home value to protecting your family and belongings. Choosing the right contractor to repair or replace your roof is an important task. Use this article as a guide to help you simplify the process.
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