Find out how long the contractor has been in business. It is a good rule of thumb to look for a company that has over 3 years of experience, as they should have a long list of past customers. Check all references and look for satisfaction amongst all of them. Also be absolutely certain that the roofing contractor has all the proper licenses and insurance so you won’t be responsible for any accidental damage to your property, yourself or others.
Another question to ask your roofer is whether they have experience installing the type of roof your need. If you are having something other than a traditional shingle roof put on, you may need to find a roofing company who has had years of experience installing all types of roofs.
You may want to find a roofing contractor within a few miles of your home. The closer your home is to their office, the more quickly the workers can arrive and get to work. While this may not seem like a very important factor, the proximity of your home to the office can make all the difference when it comes to timely service.
Find out if the contracting company will be getting all the necessary permits. Usually, a professional roofing contractor will make sure all permits are filed and the work is done legally and adheres to building codes.
Finally, before you make your final decision, ask the roofing contractor for an estimate. Find out exactly what the total price includes and make sure he gives a detailed description of the work to be done. A good contractor will make sure all costs are included in the estimate (including the cost of permits) and won’t surprise you with unexpected charges after the job is complete.
When you decide on your roofing company, a contract will be drawn up. Make sure the contract includes all details that you’ve talked about as well as any guarantees or warranties on the product or the roofing work. The contract can have a start and end date of the job, and be amended or include penalties if the job is not completed on time. Also make sure the contract has an itemized list of costs for materials and labor, so you have a record of where your money is going.
A professional contractor knows that a new roof is a serious investment and it is one that they will not take lightly. The right roofing contractor for you is one that will get the job done quickly and competently, leaving you with peace of mind and a beautiful new roof.