- Experience. You can never have too much of it. When selecting a contractor make sure that you one that has extensive experience in the field. By experience over 5 years is usually a good indication that contractor has at least had reasonable amount of experience in the field. A contractor should be well versed in the field and be able to give demonstrations and explanations showing what products are better and why.
- Location. Location is very important. Having a contractor that has a location will greatly reduce the stress of having to find the contractor down the road if any problems occur. Some contractors are “fly by night” meaning one day in business and the next day you cannot find them. Always, always pick a contractor that has a location and has been there for some amount of time. In the long run you will be happy you did.
- Reputation. Reputation is invaluable. Ask for referrals and to see jobs. Talk to locals. Make sure that the contractor you use does not cut corners and will give you proper job that you are paying for. If you are paying for the job you want it done professionally and correctly.
- Licensed. Being licensed is the most important in this field. It is imperative that no matter what the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured! They must have the authority to work in the field and at your residence. If they do not it is possible that you and the contractor will face very stiff penalties from building inspectors with a possibility for the job to be held up for weeks or even months and incurring additional costs.
It is true that assault shingles for the most part are similar but some are better than others. The top brands include Ownings Corning and GAF. There are lower gauge materials used by products such as Tamko. It is very important that you are aware of what you are getting.
Keep in mind that the lowest estimate is not always the best estimate and that the satisfaction of a lower price is only temporary but the end product you will be living with a lifetime. Make sure the products are good and that the contractor is good and you will be a lot happier in the end. Please remember in life you get what you pay for and when dealing with your “biggest asset” i.e your home cheaper is not always better.
These are just a few things that should not be overlooked by any means because they are important to you and your family. The contractor may also have done other work in the neighborhood that can be recommended or possible have references that can help to clear things up further for you.