Roofing ranks as one of the most expensive projects a homeowner can take on, so taking the time to find the right roofing contractor to handle your renovation project should be your No. 1 priority.
Other than the personal comfort of having a stable roof over your head, a working roof also helps with the resale value or your home and structural integrity.
When searching for a qualified roofing contractor, follow these 5 steps:
Do your research
When it comes to finding a qualified roofing contractor that you trust with your home renovation project, first make sure their business is legit.
The next step should be to see if they are licensed and insured, just in case something goes wrong on the job.
Be sure that the contractor you are thinking of hiring has positive reviews and examples of their work.
If you are still unsure, contact your local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no hidden red flags.
Get a referral
Getting referrals about a contractor is one way of quickly weeding out shady contractors.
When it comes to gathering referrals, make a list of anyone you know that’s had work done on their roof, whether it be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, etc.
The most important questions to ask when acquiring a referral about a contractor are:
- Were you happy with the job that was done?
- Would you work with that contractor again?
Obtaining referrals from people that you know will ensure you receive honest answers.
Be sure to check with your local lumber yards and hardware stores, too.
Have an in-person meeting
Finding a contractor is like going on a date with a stranger: they might meet all the criteria on your list, but a face-to-face will determine if you have chemistry.
The contractor you invite into your home should be professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and have an upbeat attitude.
You should feel comfortable around him or her.
Be sure to discuss roofing materials, the amount of time he or she will need to complete the job, and manpower needed for the project.
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions and be apart of the decision-making process.
Get everything in writing
Before starting a job, always make sure that you have everything you discussed with your contractor is in writing.
Safety procedures, workers’ compensation, liability, clean-up methods, payment amounts, working schedule, etc should all be listed within the contract.
It also never hurts to have a lien waiver, just in case the roofer doesn’t pay the vendor for materials.
The cheapest bid probably isn’t your best bet
You know the old saying, “you get what you pay for?”
Keep that in mind when deciding which roofing company or contractor you want to hire.
One company being cheaper than the other doesn’t necessarily mean the work will be better.
Spending your hard earned money on something as expensive and important as a new roof on a home, your best bet is to not go cheap.
For more information about roofing services, please contact us for assistance.