Roofing is one of the largest and most expensive projects a homeowner can undertake. Take your time and find a roofing contractor you trust to get the job done.
Roof repairs are essential, if something goes wrong you have no choice but to fix it. Your roof is extremely important to personal comfort, structural integrity, and the resale value of your home. Some may consider doing the job themselves because of the significantly high cost involved in roofing but for most of us the best thing is to hire a roof contractor. When you begin your search you want to look for a qualified contractor with a solid reputation. Hiring the right person ensures that the job gets done and within the budget. A good contractor will also offer valuable insight on the best materials to use for house style and for the weather.
One of the most reliable methods of getting a good contractor is to inquire with friends and neighbors who might have had a roof job done. Find out if they were satisfied with the work done. Referrals provide the most accurate picture of what your experience might be with a given contractor and you can count on personal contacts to give you honest feedback. If your friends and family don’t know anyone you can also inquire with a lumber yard or hardware stores.
Do your homework when choosing a roofing contractor!
If you have identified more than one potential roof contractor you may have to do a little more digging. Verify the business contact information, confirmed that they are licensed and insured. Consult with your chamber of commerce and the Better Business Bureau to be sure there are no red flags you need to know about. Meet with those prospective contractors and have them scope out the job. You’ll want to verify what roofing materials you will need and the extent of work to be done but you’re also going to need to know how long it’s going to take and how much man power will be needed to finish the job. What you want is a contractor that is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and professional in demeanor so pay close attention. You may not be the professional but don’t exclude yourself from making decisions. Ask as many questions as you can and if you can get a list a references.
Once you have a signed contract detailing every aspect of the job, that’s when work should begin and not a second before that. Ensure that the contract covers safety procedures and liability, including workers’ compensation. The contract should also include things like the clean-up methods, payment amounts and the schedule.
Remember – you get what you pay for
Most times we get what we pay for and although the estimates given are factors to keep in mind, going with the cheapest contractor may not be the best thing. How do you feel about them? After meeting with the contractor are you confident that they can do the job? At the end of the day while you do want the best price you also want to have peace of mind, so make your choice accordingly.