When replacing the roof of your home, it may take some time and effort to come to a decision as to which roofing companies you might trust to undertake such an important job. How do you decide once you have narrowed down your choices?
There are some things to consider in determining which roofing companies’ will do the best work for you. Many check with family and friends to see who they’ve used or might recommend to you. There are reviews online and other professional associations that can help you determine the quality of your roofers.
Did the roofing company give you a written copy of the estimate given? An estimate is best when in writing, and anytime you are meeting with the roofing companies do not settle for a verbal proposal. The contractor should not be considered if they cannot provide you with a written estimate.
What should your written copy of the proposal say? You want to know what you’re choosing when you decide which estimate you will go with, protect yourself by knowing exactly what your estimate includes. Price and final cost is not the only thing an estimate should contain. The roofer should also list the specifications of the shingles being used as well as the manufacturer.
Has the roofing contractor provided courteous and prompt service? When working with roofing companies’, often times you can determine the quality of service just by how you are treated prior to the job. A sign of a fantastic roofing company can be when the manager or even the owner contacts you in regards to questions or general information. Were all of your phone calls and questioned answered in a timely fashion? Has the company been on time to all of the appointments you’ve had? If the answer is no, these are early warning signs to beware of that company, it shows how they are likely to do business with you.
How does the company get paid? Any company that will ask you to pay for the work before it’s been done is not a company you will want to trust. Roofing companies’ that are legitimate and honest, will not ask for your payment until the job has been completed and you are satisfied.
Is the roofing company licensed and insured? Check with your local city or state to verify that this company is licensed. When asking a contractor if they are insured, it’s not advisable that you take their word for it. This is something that you will want to receive in written form, stated clearly in the proposal or estimate.
Is there a wide range of shingles for you to choose? A roofer that is able to show you a variety of shingles from different manufacturers is typically a good sign. You’ll want to be able to choose the shingles for your home whether it’s color, warranty, or general design, you’ll want to find the one that’s right for you. A roofing company that only carries one brand of shingle should prompt you to second guess your contractor choice.
What is their clean-up policy and how will they protect your things? When you come home after a long day at work and you’ve had roofing work, do you want to come home to shingles all over your yard and messy shrubs? No you do not. Obviously, it’s not possible to repair a roof without making some sort mess, there will be debris. However, a reputable company will make sure that these areas are cleaned properly and will do a final walk through with you to be sure the area is clean, and the new roof is satisfactory.
Does the roofer have a follow-up or warranty on any of their work? A roof isn’t something that is replaced often, so you are not likely see your roofing company after the work is done. It’s important for you to know what kind of warranty or guarantee is placed on the work, it’s best to have this in the written proposal given to you. It’s comforting to know that your roofer will stand behind the work they’ve done, and in the unlikely event that there is a problem the roofing company will stand behind you.
When searching for roofing companies, it’s not always an easy task. Be sure to get your written proposal, and follow these simple steps to ensure that the work done on your home is quality work that you can trust.