Installing, repairing or replacing a roof in a home is something every homeowner is bound to do at least once in his or her lifetime. You’ll agree to the fact that installing a new roof or replacing your existing roof is one of the most important, and expensive investments you are likely to run into as a homeowner. Furthermore, your roof serves as defense and provides protection to everything inside your home. Therefore, it’s important to find a quality roofing contractor to work with.
Here are some few guidelines to help you when hiring a roofing contractor:
- Reach out to multiple roofers
This simply means that you should talk to more than one roofing contractor before settling on a company. Years of experience and pricing for various services will vary greatly from business to business. Remember that excessively high bids do not necessarily translate to quality work and neither do remarkably low bids. Each roofer has a different way they approach their work, charges different fees, and may have differing recommendations. We recommend checking with a minimum of 3 companies before moving forward.
- Do a Little Research
It’s not enough to just talk to several contractors. Do some research on the roofing company you intend to hire. Is the company registered and licensed? Can they provide you with more than two references to verify the quality of their work? Make sure you are satisfied with what you see. Social sites like Yelp, Facebook, and Angie’s List can aid you in determining quality through their star ratings; other customers rate the businesses.
- Read and Review the Contract and Warranties Carefully
A professional contractor that wants you to quickly sign a paper without reading it is probably not good for the job. It’s important that you read and understand the terms of agreement before proceeding. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
- Do Not Pay the Entire Balance Upfront
Never pay the entire balance of the roofing project up front. This is a huge red flag because it gives an unscrupulous company a chance to run away with your cash, never having done the work. If a company asks for all the money upfront, skip them and call someone else. Putting down a deposit is fine or paying for part of the job, but certainly not all.
Finding a solid roofing contractor that delivers quality work and charges an appropriate fee can be challenging. Use these tips to help you do it.