Pick a reputable roofing contractor (and avoid getting scammed!)
Choosing a reputable roofing company doesn’t have to be difficult, you just have to know what to look for. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you search for the perfect roofing contractor.
1. Pay attention to first impressions (they say a lot).
A contractor’s first impression is important and should be the first thing you consider. How quickly did the contractor get back with you after your initial inquiry? How thoroughly and directly do they answer your questions? Are they personable yet respectful? If you want to hire a dependable, honest roofing contractor, pay attention to these details and you should be able to get a good idea of what kind of work they do.
2. Stick with local contractors.
Specifically, look at companies that have been serving your area for a long time and have a solid reputation with locals. Someone who has experience and is known for providing good service to the local community is probably someone you want repairing/replacing your roof, as opposed to a brand new company that hardly anyone has heard of.
3. Pick a licensed, professional contractor.
Don’t just trust any average Joe who knocks on your door and says he does roofing—you’re sure to be disappointed with their work and they may even rip you off! Good contractors are licensed, insured, and listed/have a good score on the Better Business Bureau. They will also gladly provide any information you need including:
· Local references and roofing testimonials
· Business License
· Roofing credentials
· Workers compensation insurance
· General liability insurance
· Written manufacturer warranties.
4. Communicate your expectations and be on the lookout for red flags.
Be sure to clarify details of the job ahead of time and get everything in writing, including the payment plan! Don’t confirm or finalize the transaction until you are confident in your choice and satisfied with their answers to your questions. Make sure you ask what size crew the job will require, how long it will take to complete the job, etc. If a company shies away from details, answers your questions vaguely, or demands the entire payment up-front, that’s a good indication that you should keep looking.