How to Choose a Reputable Roofer
Spring reminds us of practices of planting and cleaning, but it is also a suitable time to look into reroofing your home. Certainly, hiring the right roofer is typically a taxing act that needs research and discernment. It’s way beyond catchy ads or discounted offers. There are serious considerations that must be made when looking for a qualified roofer.
Here are five steps to making a wise choice:
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Start by asking people you personally know. Has any of your friends, neighbors or colleagues had their roof replaced or repaired? Were they pleased with the results? Would they hire the contractor again in the future? Know what they have to say about the roofer. As they say, word of mouth counts. Hardware stores and lumber yards are good sources of leads too.
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Do some research as soon as you have identified a contractor you think you want to hire. Check their email, phone number and business address. Be sure that that the roofer you plan to hire is licensed and adequately insured. Check out how long the roofing contractor has been in this industry. If they have a website or blog, take a look at it and search for photos of past work. Finally, check with your local Better Business Bureau to know if your prospect has been the subject of any consumer complaints, and if so, the manner in which these were resolved.
Ask each roofing contractor on your list to come and visit your home and discuss the materials that will be used and the amount of work to be done. As you do so, see if the contractor sounds knowledgeable, professional and enthusiastic about your project.
Do not let work start unless you have a contract that covers all aspects of the job, including materials, product and workmanship warranties and guarantees, etc. The contract must be clear on such salient points as safety procedures, liability, compensation, and start and end dates and even cleanup.
Do not pick the cheapest bid just because you want to save money. As you likely know, your roof is a considerable investment. Cost will just be amortized over the job’s lifetime. That said, you should choose based only on value for money. As most people have experienced, cheap can become expensive in the long run.
This only applies to those who are looking for roofing contractors on the Internet. Check people’s reviews of the contractor you’re eying. Any legit issue raised against the roofer you’d like to hire should provide a reason for you to change your mind. However, stick only to third-party consumer websites where you you can expect reviews to be unbiased and authentic. There are a lot of websites these days that publish fake news to either promote a particular contractor or damage the reputation of their competitors.