The roof above your head is one of your first defenses against the forces of nature. Ensuring that this roof is in great shape helps protect and prolong the life of your home and increase its market value in case you have to sell it.
Of course, before you have any service professional work on your home, you need to see if they are well-qualified for the job. This becomes particularly important if you’re in search of a roofing contractor.
In order to save time with your research, you can simply ask your friends, relatives or neighbors for recommendations. If you recently purchased your home, you can also call your realtor and ask for some leads. Or just check online, but make sure to stick to reputable online directories and review websites to find worthwhile prospects. It’s a fact that not all places on the web are trustworthy, so you should stick to established and reputable resources.
It’s always wise to consider at least two or three prospective roofers instead of focusing on just one. If you have options, there will be room to compare, and it will be easy to find the best for you. You obviously have to give them exactly the same job specs, or those comparisons would be futile.
This is essential. The government doesn’t issue licenses to roofers unless they have been screened for different requirements, such as insurance, bonding, and the like. If you hire a licensed roofer, you will have protection against damage or injury, or in litigation (if necessary).
Before hiring a roofer, ask them whether they subcontract for certain areas of the job. If they do, research the subcontracted firm as well.
A warranty on both parts and workmanship will give you peace of mind. If a roofer you’re considering will not be able to provide it, move on to the next one on your list. Never hire a service professional who cannot stand by his own work.
Find time to interview your prospects even for a few minutes. Their credentials or qualifications can always be researched outside. But through a personal interview, you can get a feel for them as professionals you’re planning to work with.
Lastly, though it’s often tempting to select the lowest bidder, remember that skill and experience are not cheap. So in most cases, a great job will demand a higher price. At the same time, the best roofer is not automatically the one with the highest bid. This is one of the reasons you have to consider several prospects. You want to be able to compare them because, without any point reference, how can you tell if a roofer is the best for you?