A good roofing contractor depends on referrals for repeat business. If you have friends or family, or even neighbors that have had their roof done recently, you should talk to them about the person or company who did the work on their home. Anyone who is satisfied with the work will give a good recommendation. If you don’t know anyone who has had a roof repair or replacement recently, there are still ways to get a contractor that will help you the best.
When contacting different companies, make sure they are licensed, bonded and have years of experience in the roofing business. If they have employees, make sure that the company not only is insured, but also has workers compensation. Check with the Better Business Bureau, your local chamber of commerce, as well as any any housing authority. Any contractors should be willing to provide references of the homes they have worked on in the past few years, and always check these references carefully. Inspect the work they did, as the home owner’s if they were satisfied with the work that was performed.
You can also check with online websites like Kudzu and Angie’s list to help find the right contractor in your area. The people on these lists have been checked over, but you shouldn’t just take their word for it, do some researching yourself as well.
When you have decided on a roofing contractor, ask them to come out and take a look at your roof. In many cases they will provide free estimates. An estimate should include the costs of materials, labor, as well as whether they will remove the old roofing materials. A good contractor will also give an estimated time on when the project will be completed. The will ask if you know anything about roofing materials, and if you are not sure, they can sit down and discuss the different options available, the costs, and how long they will last.
Any professional contractor will not only use materials that have a warranty, but also offer a guarantee and warranty on the work they do. Once you have chosen one, you should always to a second walk through with them, getting information on what they are going to be doing, and get everything in writing. Before signing any contracts or paying any money, you should go over the agreement carefully. If you find any discrepancies, these should be address before any work starts or payments are given.