Although you could be in for a challenge when hiring a roofing contractor for the first time, but the thing is you don’t really have to sweat it out. It’s true that there are so many things to consider, but one thing you must understand is that if you follow the tips we prepared for you below, then you should be fine.
1 – Always go for a local contractor.
It is very crucial that you only pick a local roofing company. The reason for this is quite simple: you might encounter serious logistical problems later if you choose to go with a roofer that doesn’t operate in your local area. You also can’t monitor closely if the company is about to move to another place or is in the process of closing or getting bankrupt.
2 – Price is not the only important factor to consider.
One particular and very common mistake people make when hiring a roofing contractor is by choosing one that offers the lowest bid. Keep in mind that cheap bids are driving down the market and the reason why some contractors are able to offer them in the first place is because they will eventually cover it with the lack of insurance or low quality of work and material.
3 – Avoid dealing with storm chasers.
Storm chasers are those roofers who knock on your door to talk about your need of a roofing repair or replacements. Well, they don’t really care if you’re in need of actual help since all they’re doing is canvassing and selling. The smartest way to find a great roofing contractor is by searching for them yourself or by way of referrals and friend recommendations.
4 – The moment you find that one good prospect, be sure you do everything in writing, and we mean every single detail of the roofing project.
There are so many roofing contractors out there that talk impressively and you easily get swept off your feet with their advertising. However, only a few can walk the talk. Therefore, the moment the roofing contractor lays out his guaranties and promises, it’s your job to ensure all those things are put in writing. The word “everything” in this case means it must include the price, materials, estimate time of completion, insurance, bonds, and others.
Finally, even if the project has already started, you should find time and extra effort to be there. You certainly don’t want to end up having to regret the output of the roofing job simply because you failed to visit the site or at least even communicate with the roofing contractor every now and then. Even if the roofers are the pros, you have to understand that what they’re working on is your property.