How to Locate a Good Roofer
The structural integrity and personal comfort offered by your home are two of the largest and costliest projects you can undertake as a homeowner. And while home upgrades are absolutely elective, roof repairs are not – they are necessary. A good roofer will not just just get the job done on budget and on time, but will also give you valuable insights on what materials are best to use.
These tips will come in handy as you select the right roofer:
1. Ask for referrals.
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One proven method of finding a good contractor is asking your friends and neighbors for referrals. Is there anyone in your circle who has worked with a roof contractor in the past few years? List down names, give them a call each and ask how they found their experience with the contractor: were they happy with the outcome and would they hire the same company or person for a future need? Testimonials give you the most accurate scenario of what your experience could be with a certain prospect, and you can rely on personal contacts to provide honest feedback. Hardware stores and lumber yards are two other referral sources you may consider.
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2. Do some research.
After identifying at least three qualified prospective roofers, begin researching every one of them. First and foremost, verify the contact information they have provided. Then make sure they have a valid license and insurance. Check with your local consumer affairs office and chamber of commerce for any red flags you must be aware of. Also read Internet reviews posted by their past clients.
3. Ask to meet them personally.
Yes, to be able to scope out your project correctly, your prospective contractors must actually visit your home and look at the situation. You need to discuss roofing materials and how much work is necessary, but also remember to inquire about the time and labor needed to complete the job. Observe the behavior of the contractor: he should nothing short of professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. You may be speaking to a roofing authority, but it doesn’t mean you cannot actively participate in making decisions.
4. Put everything on paper.
Until you have signed a contract which you deem acceptable – meaning, all the provisions are acceptable to you – work should not begin. Very important matters that must be covered are safety procedures, liability, payments and the schedule to be followed, workers’ compensation, warranties (materials and labor), and clean-up methods. As well, consider requesting a lien waiver so that your roof can be protected from claims, just in case the roofer has outstanding balances with suppliers.
5. Get the best within your price range.
Finally, forget the cheapest bid even if it saves you money. In this business, you always get what you pay for. Certainly, the estimates are going to be a big issue to be considered. In the end, however, it should all boil down to how much you trust the roofer.