Replacing your roof is a big decision and selecting the best roofing contractor to come out and take care of the job is just as important. But with so many companies advertising with yard signs all around town, in facebook newsfeeds and Google Search results, how do you select the right roofer for your needs?
Your roof is a big investment, and you want to make sure you choose the right company. Here are 10 questions you need answers to along with a few tips to keep in mind in order to select the best company for the job.
7 CHECKPOINTS TO FINDING A LOCAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR
- Is your roofing company local?
Any time there are severe weather storms, such as hail or tornadoes, you can be certain that out-of-state storm-chasing roofing contractors will show up at your door offering their services. We strongly recommend that you stick to a local roofing company. Fly by night contractors may disappear shortly after they’ve taken on a few jobs to avoid paying damages or completing work. And it’s extremely difficult to collect a judgement against a contractor that closes its doors or disappears. Leaving you out in the cold!
- Do you use roofing subcontractors?
You put in a lot of time into selecting the right company, so you expect them to do the work. Too often even reputable roofing companies may use a subcontractor to perform a part of or all of the job. If this does happen, make sure to get answers to all 10 of these questions from the subcontractor. Above all make sure that they are also insured and ask questions about the warranty on materials and how quality controls are enforced on the job. Manufacturers of roofing materials are quite likely to void the warranty that comes with roofing materials in circumstances like these.
- Are you a licensed and insured roofer?
Roofing contractors should be insured in order to protect both you and their employees. A company that is not insured, exposes you as the homeowner to liability in the event of any injuries or damages to your property. In addition, although a majority of states require licensing for roofers, that doesn’t stop the next door neighbor from attempting to make a little side income by doing a little bit of roofing work. Ask for a copy of their license and confirm the status of their license online.
- How long have you been in the roofing business?
I mean, would you want a doctor who is fresh out of surgery performing heart surgery on you? Probably not. So why go with a roofing contractor that doesn’t have a long track record of satisfied customers? If you find a company with over 30 years of experience and all positive reviews, you can rest assured that you’ve selected the right company for the job!
- Low Prices can mean low quality.
You’ve heard the saying you get what you pay for. Never ever make your selection based on pricing alone. Any reputable roofing company is going to pricing to cover overhead and proper insurance and licensing costs. You may get bottom of the barrel estimates from individuals who work out of a pick-up truck on the side, but more often than not, you will end up spending more money to fix future problems created by improper workmanship that doesn’t show up until a year or more later when your roof begins to leak!
- Do you have good reviews?.
Anybody can make a bunch of empty promises that sound good. What’s more important to you is that they deliver on those promises. Make sure to check out reviews about the roofing company you’re thinking of working with in order to get a sense of what you can expect. Pay attention to the number of reviews a roofer has. Having little to no reviews can be just as bad as a company with a lot of bad reviews.
- Do you offer a warranty for your roofing work?
Typically, materials such as shingles, are covered by the manufacturer. The work itself is covered by the roofer. You want to make sure you understand the details of the warranty.
Finding the best roofing contractor for the job is a time-consuming task. But when making a decision about such an important structural component of your home, you want to make sure you’re choosing wisely. Making the right choice now, will help you save time, money, and headaches in the long run. Best of all, you can then feel confident that the roofing company you selected will carry your roofing project to completion and satisfactorily install the roof that will protect you and your loved ones from the elements!
Arroyo Roofing is your Local, A+ rated, 5 Star Reviewed Roofer
Arroyo Roofing is a local company based in Lincoln, Nebraska that has been serving businesses and homeowners all over Nebraska since 1984. Our 5 star rating Google Reviews are at the core of how we do business.
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