How to Select a Roofing Contractor
Posted on August 17, 2014
How to Select a Roofing Contractor

Replacing or building a new roof for your home is perhaps the largest outlay of cash that you will ever make, second only to the initial cost of the house. Therefore, it is vital for your peace of mind and wallet that you have done your homework beforehand. The following tips will provide you with the info you need to plan your strategy in finding the most reliable and honest roofing company.

Strategies to Follow:

*Check out the credentials of the companies you are researching. They should gladly provide you with    references, be licensed and certified, and provide for a customer warranty. How long has the company been in operation? Are they insured? Are they in good standing with the Better Business Bureau? These are important preliminary questions for you to ask. Check out for any association memberships, and ‘insider’ tips. The company should have a good track record.

*Read the work contract and warranty very carefully. Do not skip the fine print! Do not sign the contract without understanding it completely. A professional roofer should not be put off by your fine toothcomb approach. Materials and workmanship should be guaranteed for at least 5 years, and the roof itself should be covered by a 20-40 year warranty.

*The company workers should be covered by Worker’s Compensation. Research the company’s safety record, the training received, and their professional standing. Is there good worker rapport? Are the workers happy and getting paid adequately? Is the contractor maintaining their equipment according to proper standards? Ascertain the quality of their materials.  Make sure that your insurance company approves the work before it actually commences. Also, verify if you require a permit for the work to proceed. Most reputable companies will do this step for you.

*Never pay the entire amount upfront. Inform yourself of the reasonable range of prices. Perk up your ears to any bid that seems either too low or too high. Set up a payment schedule as the work proceeds. Payments should be made via credit card, as it will be easier to recoup your cash if things go array. Remember that the best roof that you will get is one that you leaves you worry free.

* A rule of thumb is to employ a local company. A reputable roofer in your area knows about what permits are needed, as well as the required steps to be taken as to codes and regulations. A good company is familiar with homeowner association regulations. They are up-to-date with building materials used in your area. If you reside in a storm-prone area, you are required to get your roof inspected by a qualified engineer to ascertain that all materials are conforming to codes and manufacturers’ guidelines. If not, you will have great difficulty getting insurance, and this can also affect your mortgage. A local contractor with a good track record has all the necessary contacts with local suppliers, and insurance companies. Therefore, you can rest assured that the company will honor the warranty.

We recommend:

The following companies stand out as exemplary models of workmanship and reliability in your local area…Columbus, Ohio-Able Roofing Dallas, Texas-Total Residential Roofing Atlanta, Georgia Superior Roofing Company of Atlanta These companies guarantee customer satisfaction, which overrides the ‘petty’ fine print on their contracts. They employ workers with hands-on-experience in the trade. It helps to have workers who have an intuitive grasp about what each home needs. Before any work commences, these companies will do a complete inspection of your roof and attic to check for any problems not immediately obvious- such as: faulty installation, ventilation issues, humidity factors, and hidden wood rot.

The above-mentioned companies are committed to the optimum of quality service. They are up-to-date with industry standards and technology. They maintain excellent relations with their vendors and suppliers who can readily attest to the reliability and integrity of these roofing contractors. A good and trustworthy referral is the guarantee that the customer’s concerns will never be dismissed or ignored!    

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