The roof of your house is one of your family’s first defenses against the elements. Ensuring that this roof is in great shape helps protect and prolong the life of your home and increase its market value in case you have to sell it.
Of course, before you have any service professional work on your home, you need to see if they are well-qualified for the job. If you’re looking for a roofing contractor, that becomes especially important.
In order to save time with your research, you can simply ask your friends, relatives or neighbors for recommendations. If you bought your home just recently, you can also ask your realtor for some leads. Or just go online and dig into reputable online directories and review websites. It’s sad that not all places on the web can be trusted, so you need to stick to reputable resources.
You will find it wise to have at least two or three prospective roofers instead of just checking out just one. If you have options, there will be room to compare, and it will be easy to find the best for you. You obviously have to give them exactly the same job specs, or those comparisons would be futile.
This one is very basic. The government doesn’t issue licenses to roofers unless they have been screened for different requirements, such as insurance, bonding, and the like. With a licensed roofer, you will be protected in case of injury or damage, or if litigation is necessary.
Before hiring a roofer, ask them whether they subcontract for certain areas of the job. If they do, spend time researching the subcontracted company’s reputation too.
With a warranty on both workmanship and parts, you get peace of mind. If a roofer you’re considering will not be able to provide it, move on to the next one on your list. Never hire a service professional who cannot stand by his own work.
Make time to do a quick interview with your prospects, even for a few minutes. You can always research information about them, such as their qualifications or credentials. But with a personal interview, you will be able to get a feel for them as people or professionals you could be working with.
Lastly, though it’s often tempting to select the lowest bidder, remember that skill and experience are not cheap. So in most cases, a great job will demand a higher price. At the same time, the most expensive roofer is not automatically the best either. This is one of the reasons you have to consider several prospects. Besides, you can’t say a roofer is the best for you, if you don’t have a point of reference to start with.