Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor for Your Home
Your house is your haven; a place where you and your family can feel secure against any kind of threat, including extreme weather. Before you hire a roofer, take time to ensure that you’re trusting the best available. Roofing repairs can be expensive, so you need to decide wisely right from the beginning.
Then again, choosing a good roofing contractor can be challenging. Considering that roofers vary in so many ways, choosing someone at random could be disastrous.
If you don’t want take chances with your roof, keep the following tips in mind as you search for the perfect candidate:
License and Insurance
Before you proceed with a certain roofer, first find out if they are licensed. A license is evidence that they have passed the government’s high roofer standards, and that should there be a need for you to file a complaint against the contractor, you will have a proper venue for it. When it comes to insurance, make sure this includes liability coverage as well as workman’s compensation coverage.
Specialist Knowledge and Experience
Roofers typically specialize in certain types of jobs. They may, for instance, work exclusively with commercial properties. Another specialization is tiled roofing. In any case, choose a roofer not just because they have been working with roofs for years, but because they have wide knowledge and experience with the specific type of roof you want.
A good contractor will talk to you about your plans and give you a quote for free – definitely no charges at this stage! They will offer you options too, discussing each one thoroughly but never rushing you into a decision. They won’t be late for your meetings, will return your calls, emails and texts reasonably fast, and very importantly, they will keep their word.
Working with a local contractor has several benefits, the most obvious of which is convenience and fast response. Another important fact about local contractors is that they’re always extra concerned about their performance because they know one bad review can easily affect their overall reputation.
We are all looking for ways to save money, but if the result is a poor roofing job, you won’t even want to hear the consequences. The most crucial elements involved here are materials and workmanship. Price is definitely important – besides, we can only install a roof that we can pay for – but it shouldn’t be your topmost priority when picking a roofer.
Reviews and References
Lastly, online reviews can be very helpful, but stick to well-known consumer websites like Angie’s List and Yelp (forget about marketing websites, which are naturally biased). Also ask for references from each contractor you consider. Any hesitation should be considered a red flag.