How Long has the Roofing Company been in Business?
There are many fly-by-night companies that come and go. Roofers often decide after learning to put on a roof that they should go in business. With little business knowledge and experience most do not last too long. Some do more damage than good before their business flounders. Make sure the company you choose has been around for years and will be for years to come.
Ask for References
Don’t be afraid to ask companies for references of roofs they have applied. Any roofing company worth its salt should have a list of jobs they have done – and happy customers. Here are a few things to ask the references:
- Was your roof applied properly and water-tight?
- Was your roof applied in a reasonable length of time?
- Was everything cleaned up properly after completion?
Cheapest is not always the Best
More than likely you will get more than one estimate. Don’t ever pay for an estimate. Most roofing companies will provide you with a free estimate. Once you get two or three estimates you might notice a big difference in price. Your choice should be made more on quality than the cheapest price.
Your roof is your home’s cover and protects the exterior from rain, snow, and sleet. An improperly installed roof can let moisture and water into your home causing interior damage that can be quite costly to repair. Getting the job done right the first time is tantamount to the protection of your home.
Choosing the cheapest roofing company usually means you are choosing the lowest quality of roofing products and installation. Seasoned tradesmen are not cheap and neither is quality roofing material. As with most things – you get what you pay for.
Beware of Roofing Companies that want Money Upfront
A quality roofing company will not ask you for a down payment on the roof. They have been in business long enough that they do not need the money first. There are also many roofing scams out there that will take your money and run.
Ask Your Neighbors
One of the best ways to find a good company is to ask your neighbors. Chances are the homes in your area were all built around the same time. This more than likely means the roofs lifespan will end around the same time. Some of your neighbors may have already had new roofs installed. Ask around and see who was happy with their new roof and the company they used.