Whether you’ve decided to replace your roof to add curb appeal and value to your home or because roofing damage has necessitated it, you’ve got some important decisions to make. Of course you will need to decide about the materials you want to go with and the color and style of the new roof. While all of these are important, the finished project will only be as good as the roofing contractor you hire to do the job.
Of course it’s important that the person you hire is a qualified and professional roofing contractor, but how can you tell if the roofer you’re thinking about is the right choice? Here are a few tips to help you find the right roofer for the job.
Ask your friends and neighbors
While there are a lot of things you can look at to help you decide, asking your friends and neighbors is always a great place to start. After all, a roofer’s work is the best indication of their ability. If you know any friends or neighbors who have had roofing work done recently, ask them about who did the work and how pleased they were with the quality of the work and their timeliness of the work. Also, make sure that the roofers picked up after themselves at the end of the job. The more people you are able to ask the better. The more people that stand behind a roofer’s work, the more you can feel confident about that roofer.
Of course every roofing contractor has to start their career sometime, but typically the roofers with the most experience are a safer choice. Of course the number of years of experience isn’t everything. You want to find a roofer who has a good reputation in the community. Some roofers are storm chasers. They follow in the wake of a storm offering to repair the damage. While they might be qualified, they can’t make any realistic guarantees about the quality of their work. If problems with their work crop up down the road, they may be on the other side of the country.
It’s always best to choose a local contractor with a long and proven track record within the community.
Once you’ve narrowed them down
Once you’ve narrowed down to a few contractors, it’s time to get a written estimate. Most reputable contractors will offer a free inspection and estimate. Don’t just go with the first one or the cheapest one. Find out how soon they can start, how long they guarantee their work for, and whether their employees are insured.
When you’ve narrowed it down to one, make sure that you have a written contract that lays out the particulars of the job before any actual work begins. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a finished product you can be sure about.
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