Have you experienced damage to your roof, or just need a new roof one to replace the old one? Are you looking into hiring a roofing contractor, but aren’t quite sure what to look for? Hiring the right roofer can seem challenging. There are many companies and contractors to choose from. Here, we’ve provided some helpful information to assist you in choosing a roofing contractor you can trust to do the job right – and to give you the best service for the money. These five tips will help you make the right choice.
Reputation in the local community is very important. Roofing “companies” can pop up all the time, especially when major storms hit and there is a lot of roof work to be done. Do your research and make sure the company you choose has a strong reputation in your area. Also, look into how long they have been around. Many roofing companies offer warranties or guarantees, but go out of business, move, or just seem to disappear. A warranty or guarantee is only as good as the longevity and reputation of a roofing company.
A qualified roofing contractor should have worker’s compensation and liability insurance for their business. You can discover if a contractor is up to par simply by asking to see certificates and licenses, and by calling the insurance carrier to confirm. An insured contractor will give you a sense of security over the work being done on your property and all the people involved. This step will also help you in choosing the right bid as most experienced, insured contractors have included the cost of insurance in the bids they place.
Although it can seem tempting, never choose a company simply because they have the lowest price. Price is not the most important factor to consider. Solid roofing companies tend to have higher overhead costs due to insurance and other certifications. Contractors who are just working on the side or working by themselves can do the work cheaper, but it comes at a cost. You always get what you pay for, and it may be difficult to fix any problems later. Cheap work can also often result in faulty work, causing more problems and costing more money in the long run. A reputable company usually has a guarantee on work being done that will solve this problem before it starts.
Often, when a major storm comes through an area, roofers and other contractors pop up out of nowhere, knocking on your door to sell you their services. These people are canvasing and looking for an easy sale. When you pick a roofer, your best bet is to get a referral from a satisfied customer. Reviews are a great place to look. Make sure the roofer is established and had a consistent track record of quality work and service. You can also call your insurance company to get a referral. Avoid signing any letter of intent before doing your due diligence.
Always get job details in writing. Get a clear estimate of all costs involved and how long the job will take. If possible, avoid payment until the job is complete and you are satisfied with the work. If you are working through your insurance company, make sure your contractor stays within the funds provided by them. Never pay more than your deductible. Choose a roofing company that has a good reputation for customer service, including returning calls, providing documents and answers in a timely manner, and follow through.
At Woodforest Roofing, we understand how important it is for you to feel comfortable with the roofing company you choose. We have built our reputation on quality service and experience in the community. Call us today to find out more about our roofing services or to schedule a free inspection.Schedule Free Inspection