When it comes to roof installations or repairs, it’s best to hit the nail on the head from the get-go. If you’re not an expert in roofing, it’s best to let a roofing company take over. But how can you find a good roofing contractor?
In this article, we’ll talk about the ways you can find a good roofing company. Check them out!
Check for Licenses and Insurance
Find a contractor with the right licenses. Roofing is a serious job that entails danger, which is why homeowners are always advised not to take it on themselves. On top of that, you can’t hand over the project to just any roofing contractor you find — licenses ensure you’re talking to the right person with the right skills for the job, so always check licenses. You can also check if their name is on any government registry for contractors.
Moreover, a high-quality roofing contractor should have proper insurance for their workers. Given the danger, insurance is a must; it covers the workers in case somebody gets hurt during the roofing process and installation. Never work with a contractor that doesn’t have the right kind of insurance.
Verify Their Work History and Track Record
Many ways exist to check the track record of a roofing contractor. You can ask them for references, read reviews online, or check the actual piece of work they’ve done if you can.
When verifying their work history, take note of the following:
- Years in business: pick a contractor with a years-long track record, especially if the roofing job involves more complicated tasks such as repairs.
- Reputation: these days, a simple Google search can give you access to an oasis of information about a vendor. For instance, if you search “roofing company Burlington,” you’ll see results of the best ones in Burlington. Click on any of them, and check their portfolio. Find customers, and read their reviews about the vendor. Check for reviews sites that provide testimonials from customers with firsthand experience with the contractor.
- Check for complaints: while you can do this when searching for reviews, you can also head straight to Better Business Bureau and search the company’s name in their director. On this website, you can find the contractor’s ratings — go for someone with an A+ rating! — and the complaints lodged against them as well as reviews. The complaints are especially important; they are invaluable for gauging how the vendor truly performs beyond their promises.
Put Everything in Writing
Document every aspect of the project. A written contract protects both parties in any deal, and if the contractor doesn’t agree, then move on to the next vendor. A formal contract outlines everything from payment schedules, roofing materials, and subcontractors involved if any. The contract should also include other less critical but important aspects such as cleanup, garden and landscaping protection, and any property damages.
The roofing contractor should also help you understand the contract’s terms. They must walk you through it and answer any questions you have; no part should be glossed over and nothing should sound confusing, especially in terms of finances. Don’t forget to ask them what happens if you’re unsatisfied with their work, which should also be articulated in the contract.
Vet Multiple Contractors
Whenever you can, take your time. Don’t settle for the first, second, or third vendor if you can find a better fourth, fifth, or sixth one. Vetting multiple contractors gives you a better sense of the project’s worth and difficulty. It also sets your expectations realistically; what one vendor’s proposal may sound ludicrous to another, who can propose a better and more viable solution.
In terms of pricing, don’t go for the cheapest or most expensive one; go for the one that hits the perfect balance of price and quality. Moreover, always ask for a detailed breakdown of their fees and processes. Finally, check their payment methods. If you can, avoid cash transactions that don’t leave any paper trail or documentation behind.
Lastly, invest in yourself, too. Spend time learning what’s being done to your roof. This doesn’t only help you gauge the roofing contractor’s proposal; it also tells you to monitor their work and ensure that they’re doing things correctly. Whether it’s a minor repair or structural damage, your roof’s problem is your problem, so arm yourself with knowledge of its solution. And make sure to choose something that works with the style of your home – for example, carriage house roofing is one of our favorites for old Victorians, and tile, while it can be expensive, will make or break a Spanish Revival home.
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