But what makes a home such a great purchase is that (in a normal economy), the price will continually trend upwards. That makes it not only a place of security for you and your family, but a great investment as well. Of course, when a part of that investment begins to fail, you have to make sure you are on top of it to take care of any repairs.
A good place to start is with your friends and coworkers. You might also ask your neighbors. Try to find someone who recently had some roofing work done. Ask them who they used and what they thought about the service they received. If you have the opportunity, go over to their house and take a look at the job firsthand. Without expert knowledge, you won’t be able to see much beyond the basic aesthetics, but even that can tell you something about the work that was done. As your friends how much they were charged and if they had any complaints for the company.
If you don’t know anyone who has recently had work done, there is another way to go about finding a good contractor. Use the National Roofing Contractors Association’s website to find contractors in your area. All you need to do is type in your address and a list of roofing companies in your town will pop up. From there, you can use their search parameters to narrow your list. You can filter your results according to how much experience a company has, how many lawsuits they’ve had filed against them, and other important facts. The NRCA will also tell you whether or not a company is properly insured and licensed, something you always need to know before hiring anyone to work on your home.
Once you find a roofing company you are satisfied with, make sure you stay on top of the job. Refuse to pay for the entire job up front. If that is no good in the company’s eyes, then simply go elsewhere. A contractor should be able to present you with a job well done before they receive their payment. Paying up front takes a great deal of the power away from you as a consumer.