Finding Similarities Between Experts and LifePosted by: kuro | Posted on: June 1, 2018
Searching for a good roofing contractor may be daunting to some degree. For one, you will find a lot of contractors out there, each one having their own suggestions or recommendations for your project. It can get very confusing, especially if you don’t know a thing about roofing. Not to mention the industry has its share of cowboys and fly-by-nights.
The good news is, there are good honest roofers in existence, but you have to do a bit of work to know which ones they are. The question is, how do you know a quality roofer?
Get at least two or three estimates from different roofers with exactly the same project specifics. You could find dramatic differences in their services and pricing.
Don’t fixate on the price when comparing estimates. Keep in mind cheap isn’t always best, but neither is expensive. Contractors may price their work in different ways, depending on what installation techniques they use or the materials that the client’s budget permits.
Ask people around you for roofer references – friends, neighbors, relatives, etc. – who may know someone who’s good enough to recommend. If you can’t get any, you can always read reviews online, but be sure to stick to reputable consumer websites, or you could be misled.
Meeting the Roofer
Prior to hiring a roofer, make it a point to meet them in person and discuss the work at hand. You’d like to know how the roofer plans to take on the project, including the materials he intends to use.
Also, just because a roofer sounds very technical doesn’t mean he will give you honest and quality work. And don’t be fooled by appearance. A quality roofer doesn’t always come in a shiny truck with a well-designed logo.
Some roofers use subcontractors, which isn’t necessarily bad. But you need to know who will actually be doing the work.
Warranties and Guarantees
Know what the contractor’s policies will be on problems that occur once the work has been completed. Ask them if they offer guarantees or warranties, and if they don’t, be wary. When a contractor isn’t confident about his own work, no one else should be, including you.
It’s a must to hire a roofer who is insured with both workman’s compensation and liability insurance. In most states, roofers need to be registered with authorities, which means they will have to get insurance as one of the basic requirements.
Finally, be sure to put your agreement with the roofer in written form. Everything, from the materials to be used to their individual costs to the project start and end dates etc. should be clearly stated. Do not take for granted.