The roof above your head is one of your first defenses against the forces of nature. Ensuring that this roof is in great shape helps protect and prolong the life of your home and increase its market value in case you have to sell it.
Of course, when hiring any service professional to work on your home, you want to make sure that they are qualified for the job. The more it comes important if you’re searching for a roofing contractor.
In order to save time with your research, you can simply ask your friends, relatives or neighbors for recommendations. If you just purchased your home, your realtor can also be a good resource. Or just get online and explore reputable review websites and online directories. Unfortunately, not all places on the Internet are trustworthy, so you have to stick to established resources.
It’s always wise to consider at least two or three prospective roofers instead of focusing on just one. Options allow you to compare and see which one is actually the best for your needs. Obviously, you need to give them all exactly the same set of project specs, or comparisons would be invalid.
This one is very basic. The government issues licenses to roofers who have satisfied certain requirements, including bonding, insurance and many others. Hiring a licensed roofer means being protected in case of an injury or damage, or when litigation is a must for any reason.
Before hiring a roofer, ask them whether they subcontract for certain areas of the job. If they do, take time to research the background of the subcontracted company as well.
A warranty on both parts and workmanship will give you peace of mind. If a roofer you’re considering will not be able to provide it, move on to the next one on your list. Never hire a service pro who cannot guarantee his own work.
Spend time interviewing your prospects even for a short while. Whatever credentials you need them to have, you can research the information online or with the help of some government agencies. But a personal interview will give you a feel for them as professionals and as people you are considering working with.
Lastly, though it’s often tempting to select the lowest bidder, remember that skill and experience are not cheap. So in most cases, a good job comes with a higher price. At the same time, the highest bidder is not automatically the best one for you. This is one of the reasons you need to consider more than one prospect. You want to be able to compare them because, without any point reference, how can you tell if a roofer is the best for you?