Figuring Out Roofing

How to Find a Good Roofing Contractor

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, when hiring any service professional to work on your home, you want to make sure that they are qualified for the job. This becomes particularly important if you’re in search of a roofing contractor.

In order to save time with your research, you can simply ask your friends, relatives or neighbors for recommendations. If you just purchased your home, your realtor can also be a good resource. Or just get online and explore reputable review websites and online directories. Unfortunately, not all places on the Internet are trustworthy, so you have to stick to established resources.

It’s always best to check out at least two or three potential roofers rather than focusing on one. Options allow you to compare and see which one is actually the best for your needs. You obviously have to give them exactly the same job specs, or those comparisons would be futile.

Licensing

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.

Subcontractors

Before hiring a roofer, ask them whether they subcontract for certain areas of the job. If they do, take time to research the background of the subcontracted company as well.

Warranties

Peace of midn is the best thing a warranty for both parts and workmanship can give you. If a contractor you’re considering doesn’t provide it, move on to your next prospect. Never hire a service pro who cannot guarantee his own work.

Interview

Find time to interview your prospects even for a few minutes. Whatever credentials you need them to have, you can research the information online or with the help of some government agencies. But with a personal interview, you will be able to get a feel for them as people or professionals you could be working with.

Price

Finally, while it could be tempting to choose the lowest bidder, take note that skill and experience have a price. So in most cases, a good job comes with a higher price. At the same time, the most expensive roofer is not automatically the best either. This is one of the reasons you need to consider more than one prospect. After all, you need a point of reference to know whether a roofer is indeed the best for you.

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