When homeowners make the choice to replace their current roofs, they have to make many considerations. Some of those thoughts include budget, roofing materials, return on investment, etc. While these are all important aspects to consider when having a new roof installed, they are not the most important step. When you make the decision to have your roof replaced, your choice of contractor will directly affect just about every other area. If you choose wisely, it will have a positive effect. Making an ill-advised and rash decision can negatively affect your roof and budget in the short and long term. When you are making the choice of who to work with, it is imperative that you conduct your own research, ask potential contractors the right questions, and schedule multiple estimates. Just like anything else, no process is fool-proof. However, if you follow these steps, you will greatly increase the likelihood of being happy with your roof for years to come.
Do Your Research
In many ways, research has been relegated to doing a quick Google search and picking the company that shows up first. After all, what could go wrong? Unfortunately, a lot can go awry. Using search engine results can certainly be helpful. However, they should not be where your research stops. When you have identified a roofing contractor that you are interested in working with, it is recommended that you read reviews from multiple sources. Check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if they have received unresolved complaints. Also, look up the contractor’s business name and ensure that they are properly licensed in your state (if applicable). Furthermore, if you know of anyone that has used a particular company that you are interested in, ask them about their experience with that company.
Ask The Right Questions
The days of taking things at face value are all but over. When choosing a roofing contractor, it is recommended that you ask certain questions to have a clear understanding of who you are hiring and what they are capable of doing. Learning this after you have already signed a contract can be a hard lesson to learn. Listed below are some pertinent questions that you should ask any potential roofing contractor before you agree to hire them.
- Can you show me your proof of insurance and licensure (if applicable)? If they are unable to furnish official documentation, do not waste your time with them. If they are not properly insured, you may be held liable for injuries and/or damages that can occur during construction.
- Have you worked on a project similar to mine? Ensure that your potential contractor is experienced with your roof type and desired materials.
- What warranties and/or guarantees do you offer? The answer to this question has major implications and will immediately let you know how much your potential contractor stands behind their work.
Schedule Multiple Estimate Before Choosing
The roofers at Jackson Contracting Inc. recommends that you schedule multiple estimates with contractors before you choose one. This will allow you to compare levels of customer service, price, and overall comfortability with each company. Though budgetary concerns are natural, it is not recommended that you make your final decision on price alone. Just as it is in most businesses, you get what you pay for. In this instance, you are paying for a roofing system that will protect the lives and possessions under it. Thus, it is recommended that you work with the company that has a strong reputation, excellent customer service and offers fair pricing.