The first step in the process is giving them a call or meeting with them in person. Ask them if they give free estimates. Ask them for referrals. Ask them if they have a website. You are about to make a large investment and you should expect you professional roofing contractor to be prepared to answer these questions.
If the research seems time-consuming, think about how much time it will take to fix a botched roof.
Is the Roofing Company Legit?
There are a few ways to tell if the roofing contractor is legit. You must verify these things before moving forward.
- Do they have a license?
- Do they have a permanent business with a permanent phone number and address?
- How much is their insurance coverage?
- Do they have Worker’s Compensation?
It’s of utmost importance that you receive answers to these questions before moving to the next step. If they don’t have the answers you need, move on to the next roofing company. If you can find someone that has been established in the area for generations, you are moving in the right direction.
Check the Track Record of the Residential Roofing Company
A good roofing company will be able to provide you, upon request, with prior references from customers they have worked with in the past. Ask them for the numbers of their most recent customers and actually make the effort to call them and ask about their experience with the company. Talk with them, and actually listen to what they have to say.
You’re about to spend the money, so make sure your investment in your roof is well spent paying a company that is more than deserving of your hard earned cash.
When talking with any previous customers, if any red flags pop up, or you seem unsure, it may be best to call around. If a roofing company cannot provide you with at least three references, you’re probably dealing with some lesser experienced companies.
Look for a knowledgeable roofing company with a good track record that’s been in the business for years. Listen to how they speak and talk to you when discussing your roof. The contractor selling the roof should not come across as being unsure of himself, or unknowledgeable about the subject. If they cannot give you clear cut answers about ANY of your questions regarding your roof, you will want to find another more knowledgeable source.
A skilled roofing company will be able to answer all your questions about your roof replacement, roof leaks or roof repairs.