Time spent now evaluating the roofing contractor who may do the work for you will ensure you spend your money wisely and save you a lot of hassle further down the road.
How to Find a Reliable Roofer
The best way to start finding a good roofer is to ask family, friends, and co-workers who have hired a roofer. Other good referral sources are contractors, estate agents and your local hardware store.
When asking for a recommendation, be sure to check the type of job the roofer was doing. Also, find out if the roofer specializes in residential or commercial work. Once you have a few recommendations you need to evaluate them.
All roofing contractors are not the same; I recommend that you spend time qualifying roofing companies to make sure you get the job done right the first time. These guidelines will help you make a good decision and choose the best roofing company for you:
Things to Look For in a Reliable Qualified Roofer
- Check they have a permanent place of business and telephone number
- Ask how long they have been in business.
- Insurance — Be sure that the roofer you are considering is fully insured, and has workers’ compensation and liability insurance.
- Look for a company with a proven track record that offers client references and a list of completed projects.
- Check to see whether the roofer is properly licensed.
- Make sure the roofer offers written proposals before starting the job.
- Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations.
- Check to see if any complaints have been filed.
- Carefully read and make sure you understand any roofing warranty offered and make sure you are aware of anything that would void it.
Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Price is only one criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. You also need to consider professionalism, reliability and quality workmanship when you decide which roofer to hire.