What to look for in a roofing contractor
A new roof is not a cheap investment and shopping for a new one can be intimidating. The roof is the single most important element of your home for protecting you from the elements. When you’re putting the security of your roof in the hands of contractors, there are a few steps you should follow to ensure you’re making the right choice.
Make A List And Narrow It Down
Don’t choose the first contractor online that gives you what you think is a decent quote. Make a list of up to ten contractors in your area that you would like to investigate further. From there, narrow down your list based on obvious criteria. Contractors that you can cross off are those who are not insured or licensed, have a bad rating with the Better Business Bureau, have a slew of negative customer reviews online, and are those who are willing to give you a quote over the phone without inspecting your home first.
Pick Your Top Three Contractors
Once you’ve narrowed your list a bit, there are a few more criteria you can use to narrow it down to your top three. Ask your prospective contractor how long they’ve been in business, if they are willing to give you a dedicated onsite point of contact for your project, and what references they can provide.
Schedule A Quote Call For Your Top Three
Ask your top three roofing candidates to come perform an estimate on the roof work that needs to be done. Accompany them as they move about your home. A good roofer will check both the exterior and interior of your roof if there is attic access, this includes the gutters. Once they’re finished, you’ll have a better idea of which roofer you prefer.
Get A Quote In Writing
Each of your prospective contractors should provide you with a quote in writing, and do it promptly. If you have to wait for longer than a week for your quote, then that contractor isn’t prepared to handle your business efficiently. Those who hand you a detailed, well written quote promptly are those that are ready to handle your business.
Detail Post Work Cleanup
Your contractor should include post construction clean up in their written contract. If it’s not listed, get it listed with detail before you sign on the dotted line. By getting it in writing you’ll ensure you’re not left with a giant mess in your hands once the work is done. This cleanup should include material removal, especially if the job entails a complete roof replacement.
By following the above steps and taking any other measures you need to before the roofing work begins, you’ll ensure the process is as smooth and painless as it can be. Hiring a reliable contractor with a long history and outstanding references will give you the peace of mind you need to know you’re having quality work performed.
Richard Frazier works with Arlington Roofing Contractors, located in Arlington, TX.