Lessons Learned About Roofs

How to Choose a Good Roofer

The structural integrity and personal comfort offered by your home are two of the largest and costliest projects you can undertake as a homeowner. And though home upgrades are completely optional, roof repairs are not – they are a necessity. A good roofer will not just just get the job done on budget and on time, but will also give you valuable insights on what materials are best to use.

Here are tips to help you find the right roofer:

1. Seek referrals.

One tested and proven way of searching for a good contractor is seeking referrals from friends and neighbors. Has anyone within your circle worked with a roofer recently? List down names, give them a call each and ask how they found their experience with the contractor: were they happy with the outcome and would they hire the same company or person for a future need? Testimonials paint the most accurate image of what your experience might look like with a particular prospect, and your personal contacts will almost always give you their honest opinion. Hardware stores and lumber yards are two other referral sources you may consider.

2. Do some homework.

Once you have at least three qualified prospective roofers, you can begin researching their backgrounds. First and foremost, verify the contact information they have provided. Then ensure that they are licensed and insured. Check with your local consumer affairs office and chamber of commerce for any red flags you must be aware of. Also read online reviews from clients they’ve worked with in the past.

3. Ask to meet them personally.

Yes, your prospective contractors should actually come to your home to be able to scope out the job properly. You must discuss roofing material options as well as the amount of work that needs to be done, but don’t forget about the time and labor that the job will require. Observe the behavior of the contractor: he should nothing short of professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You’re dealing with someone who is considered roofing authority, but that doesn’t change the fact that you have to be involved in decision making.

4. Put everything on paper.

Work must not begin until you have a signed a contract where every little aspect of the job is included. Among the most important matters that should be covered are liability, workers’ compensation, safety procedures, labor and material warranties, prices, schedule of payments, and clean-up methods. Also ask for a lien waiver so you can be protected against claims, in case suppliers end up unpaid by the contractor.

5. Get the best you can afford.

Lastly, don’t go for the cheapest bid if only to save money. You always get what you pay for in this industry. Definitely, the quotes will be a big issue to consider. In the end, however, it should all boil down to how much you trust the roofer.
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