A storm comes through your area and dumps a ton of rain, suddenly you notice a leak in your ceiling. Before you start to panic that one of your pipes have burst you remind yourself that you live in a one story home, there are no pipes in the ceiling. After the storm passes, you go outside and check your roof and also notice several shingles are missing. Then it dawns on you, it’s been quite a while since your roof was replaced. This is more than just a simple roof repair, you need a whole new roof. Most people will only replace their roof once in their lifetime so choosing a roofing company is a very important decision. Below is a list of several tips that will help pick the right roofing contractor for your home.
Ask Friends and Family Members for Referrals
One of the first places to go to find a reputable reliable company is your family and close friends. Ask around to see if they might recommend a roofing business that they trust. It’s a simple route but a very good one as these are people that you trust to give you wise and great advice.
Once you’ve selected a couple of roofers in your area, google their businesses. You can find a list of reviews on their google listing. Whether they are good or bad these reviews they will help you narrow down your search. Now a days most companies have a Facebook page. This is a great place to read customer reviews on roof repairs.
Find a Local Company
While googling reviews you will come across many local companies. It’s wise to find one in your area, close to your home. Local usually means they have established business with your neighbors in the communities surrounding and should have a good reputation to follow up on. This also means the office is in close proximity to you should you need to go in for any reason before, after, or during the roofing process.
Get Multiple Estimates from Different Companies
After accumulating a list of companies, you are interested in call around and ask for on site estimates. Most reputable roofing companies will off an estimate free of cost. You may not be familiar with the roofing market and what the costs are but gathering several different estimates should help. Don’t necessarily go with the cheapest option either. Cheap can mean things like disgruntled workers who aren’t getting paid enough, low quality equipment, and bad service. The saying, you get what you pay for, is often true so keep that in mind when making your decision.
Ask about the Insurance and Licensing (and permits)
All roofing ccompanies should carry at the very least liability insurance and workers compensation. There is nothing wrong about asking for proof of insurance. It’s understandable to want make sure you are covered in case anything happens on or to your property. If a company seems hesitant to release this information that is a red flag. Be sure to also ask about their licensing and permit policies. A reputable company while have licensed contractors who have been trained properly and also know which permits to obtain before taking on a job.
All good companies provide a warranty with roof installation but that doesn’t mean they are all the same. When comparing companies, ask about the warranty. Make sure that the warranty offered a lifetime warranty (or for as long as you own the home). Also ask what the warranty includes. Does it cover repairs, labor, supplies etc?
Communication is Key
This is a big one. Once you start calling around to ask questions and schedule estimates you will start to get an idea of which companies are good with communicating. A clear line of communication is key. Calls should be returned promptly, contractors should show up when they say they will, and follow through should be timely. If they can’t return a simple phone call or show up on time for an estimate it’s a good indicator of how the rest of the job will be.
In conclusion, finding a trustworthy reputable roofing company may be tedious and challenging. However, it is worth taking the time to research. You are investing a large sum of money for this service and want a good quality roof that last a lifetime. The above tips will help you to make the best decision possible.