The most crucial factor behind a successful roof repair or replacement is the roofing contractor. Finding a competent and trustworthy roofer one is not always simple, but it sure gets easier with a bit of research and plenty of common sense.
There’s a number of benefits to reap from choosing a local roofer. For one, locals have first-hand knowledge of weather issues that may affect your roof. You can contact them more easily when you’re having an emergency, and there’s a bigger chance that they will honor their warranties.
Experience in the Industry
It’s wise to hire a roofing contractor that has been in the industry for years. We all know that mastering a skill requires years of practice. If a contractor has been there for more than five years, they must be good or they would have closed shop long ago, considering how competitive the industry is.
Client References, Online Reviews and the BBB
Asking for references from a potential roofer is easy – just ask. If they’re hesitant to give you any, that’s a red flag. When you call references, be sure to ask the right questions. Say, did they like how the project turned out? Was the roofer easy to contact? Would they hire the same contractor for a future need? Read online reviews as well (check your sources as many websites are misleading) and see if there are or were customer complaints under the contractor’s name with the Better Business Bureau.
Say No to Storm Chasers!
Storm chasers are neighborhood “roofers” who will appear at your door following a storm with an offer to fix your roof at very attractive rates. These people have no genuine care for your roof and are only after your money after doing substandard work, so do not even entertain them.
Get at least two or three proposals from different contractors for comparison. On each one, every crucial detail should be provided, such as total scope and cost, roofing materials and individual costs (including model, color, size, etc.), warranties, payment terms, project start and end dates, and a termination clause (should any of the contract terms be violated).
License and Insurance
Working with unqualified personnel is accompanied by a number of risks. You may think hiring an unlicensed and uninsured roofer saves you money, but wait till you have to shoulder hospital or repair/replacement costs when there are accidental injuries or damages on site. This is something you definitely wouldn’t want to risk.
Lastly, hire a contractor that will be around whenever you need them, whether it’s within or outside business hours. Roofing emergencies can strike, and you’ll want someone who can respond as needed.