If you need work done on your home — and especially on your roof — you want to hire a reputable company to do the job correctly. The problem is, with so many roofing contractors to choose from, how do you know you’re hiring the right contractors for the job? If you’re looking for a residential roofing company, you’ll want to follow these top tips to make sure you’ll end up with a great quality service you’ll be happy with for years to come.
- Go local
Some folks hire roofing contractors that aren’t local to the area, but it’s much better to use a local residential roofing company. They’ll be more familiar with the area and how to best protect your roof from regional weather damage. Plus, if you should ever have an issue, you can easily get in touch with your roofers for maintenance or future replacement. Local referrals can be a far more reputable source of info than some Joe Schmoe with a computer. If you know someone who recently had a great experience with their roofing company, ask who they used and whether they would recommend them for your project. Going local is a great way to support smaller businesses and ensure you’ll have no trouble contacting your roofing contractors down the line.
- Don’t make price the only factor
You know what they say: you get what you pay for. Expect that a 2,200 to 2,600 square foot roof will cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $8,500 to replace when you use a professional residential roofing company. If a company offers to charge you significantly less than that, you should give it careful consideration. Low bids drive down the market for all general contractors and if the company isn’t charging enough to cover the cost of insurance and the work, you can bet you’ll have problems to fix sooner rather than later. Although you shouldn’t pay more than you can afford for a new roof, an extremely low bid should give you pause.
- Check for license and insurance
On that note, you must make sure that your residential roofing company has liability insurance and workers compensation coverage. You shouldn’t just take their word, either. Ask for documentation or call the insurance company to verify. If your local construction contractor has the proper insurance, he won’t be offended; if the company doesn’t have it, go with another roofer. The cost of these services should be included in the price of the job, and above all, you do not want to be held responsible in the event of an accident.
Take a look at the roofing contractors in question on the Better Business Bureau website and search for other customer reviews. Even if you’ve gotten glowing recommendations from friends and family you trust, it can’t hurt to have further assurance. If anything seems fishy about their ratings or they don’t seem to have many, stay away.
- Look for manufacturer designations
A great way to tell whether contractors follow certain standards is through manufacturer designations. These designations are a source of pride for general contractors because they must pass specific requirements to become certified. These requirements are often strict and difficult to pass; those who do represent an elite number of contractors. If the contractor is recognized by a manufacturer, it’s usually a very good sign that they do excellent work.
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