Searching for a good roofing contractor may be daunting to some degree. For one, you will find a lot of contractors out there, each one having their own suggestions or recommendations for your project. It can get very confusing, especially if you don’t know a thing about roofing. Not to mention the presence of fly-by-nights and cowboys in this business.
The good news is, reputable roofers have greater numbers, although you may have to do your research to tell them apart. The question is, how can you tell a good roofer from a not-so-good one?
Get at least two or three estimates from different roofers with exactly the same project specifics. You might find a significant different in their services and rates.
When comparing estimates, don’t just focus on the price. Remember that the cheapest isn’t always the best, but neither is the most expensive. Contractors may price their work in different ways, depending on what installation techniques they use or the materials that the client’s budget permits.
Ask for referrals from people around you, such as your relatives, friends, neighbors or colleagues – they might be able to recommend someone. Otherwise, just go online and get reading some reviews, but do make sure you stay with popular consumer websites to avoid being misled.
Meeting the Roofer
Prior to hiring a roofer, make it a point to meet them in person and discuss the work at hand. You’d like to know how the roofer plans to take on the project, including the materials he intends to use.
Also, just because a roofer sounds very technical doesn’t mean he will give you honest and quality work. And don’t be fooled by appearance. A quality roofer doesn’t always come in a shiny truck with a well-designed logo.
Some roofers will hire subcontractors, which isn’t entirely a bad thing. But you need to know who will actually be doing the work.
Warranties and Guarantees
Know the roofer’s policies when it comes problems that occur after the work is done. Ask them if they offer guarantees or warranties, and if they don’t, be wary. You don’t want someone who isn’t confident about their own work, because that means you have no reason to trust it either.
By all means, hire a roofer who has both liability and workman’s compensation insurance. Roofers usually have to register, which means they have to be insured as part of the requirements.
In Black and White
Lastly, whatever you and the roofing contractor have agreed on, make sure it will be in writing. All important details, such as materials, costs, beginning and end dates of the project, etc. should be well-defined. It’s not wise to take any detail for granted.