With how saturated the roofing and construction market is these days, it can be difficult to know who is trustworthy. Here are 7 tips on what to look for in a roofing company!
- Insurance and Licensing: Ask to see insurance certificates and workers’ compensation, then verify their validity before hiring a company. This will cover you if an accident occurs at your home while they’re working on your roof. Licensing ensures that the company knows what they’re doing and has the skills and knowledge necessary to get the job done right.
- Location: When you go with a local company, they will have a reputation you can look into within the community. Oftentimes, roofs come with warranties ranging from 1-10 years, but they’re only good if the company is actually still in the area. Additionally, local companies will know climate and weather conditions of the area and can provide the best solutions.
- Look at Past Work: Many businesses rely heavily on their reputation. Nowadays, many of this is demonstrated online in reviews. It pays to do your homework and see what other homeowners have had to say about the company and their work.
- Communication Skills: Make sure calls, emails and texts are being returned in a timely fashion and that they are providing documentation as promised. If they’re failing to follow through, it may be a good idea to find a new roofing company to work with.
- Authorized Installer: It’s important to know if your roofing contractor is an authorized installer for the shingle manufacturer. If they are not, manufacturers will not honor their warranties.
- Price: While pricing is important, it should not be your one deciding factor. Any quality roofing company will have overhead costs along with the cost of proper insurance. These things do drive up pricing a bit, so be cautious of any price that is too good to be true. Additionally, always be sure to shop around and compare quotes. Do all of the quotes include the same things? Consider what is and is not included, such as warranties and guarantees. In the long run, if you don’t have these it can result in much more money spent.
- Agreements in Writing: Every single aspect of your roofing installation contract should be provided in writing. It’s imperative that you fully understand any financing terms. A quality roofing contractor will walk you through all the fine print and each detail of the contract, while answering your questions along the way. You should not be left confused or with any additional questions hanging in the air.
- Details: Prior to any work being performed on your roof, be sure you understand every detail of the work being done. Confirm dates, payment terms and the full scope of work being done.
Following these guidelines should ensure that you’re pleased with the work done on your roof!