How To Choose The Ideal Roofing Contractor

How To Choose The Ideal Roofing Contractor

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Considering how important the roof of our home is, we would want the ideal roofing contractor working on it when it needs repair or replacement.

So, how do you make sure that the roofer you hire is the right one? Here are some tips to help you do just that.

1. Hire Only Insured Roofers

Roofing is widely considered as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. After all, roofing contractors do work at elevated heights, and one misstep could lead to serious injury or worse.

If you don’t want to be liable for any personal injury or property damage the roofing job might cause, hire only roofers with proper  Texas contractors insurance↗ coverage.

Ideally, a roofing contractor should have workers' compensation and general liability insurance at the very least. Ask any prospective roofer if they have contractors insurance, and see to it they have documentary proof that you can verify later with their insurance provider.

2. Find Out If They Have Enough Experience

Experience is always a crucial factor when you’re looking for contractors to hire for various home improvement jobs or projects.

Ideally, it would be best if you go for roofing contractors who have been in the roofing business for years. With more experience, it’s likely that they’ve dealt with all kinds of roofing situations.

Another advantage of hiring experienced roofing contractors is the chance they know suppliers in the area who will give them a more reasonable price for the roofing materials they need. The cheaper the materials, the more affordable the price tag for the roofing repair or replacement job will likely be.

3. Verify That The Company Is Legitimate

Over the past few years, we have seen news reports across the United States about unwitting homeowners hiring and paying roofers who turned out to be fly-by-night con artists who provided nothing but sloppy work.

If you don’t want to undergo the same experience, make an extra effort to verify that the roofing contractor you’re eyeing for the job is actually legitimate. Ask for pertinent details such as their business address, office contact phone number, email address, and tax identification number. If they have a business website, ask for its address so you can check it out.

4. Ask For Client References

A roofing company may have all the necessary licenses, documents, and insurance policies, and still perform mediocre roofing work.

If you want to know about the quality of a roofing contractor’s output, ask for client references. Past clients will have no qualms about telling you how good or bad their working experience with a particular roofer had been.

For additional information about the reputation of a prospective roofing contractor, contact your local Better Business Bureau (BBB) office or the Department of Professional Regulation in your state.

You should also be able to find reviews of the company online. The best compliment a company can receive from a client is a referral and the next best compliment is a positive review. Writing reviews takes time so if you can find positive reviews of the company you’re researching online, that’s a good sign.

5. Hire Local Roofers

To be fair, there’s nothing wrong with hiring out-of-town roofers if that’s what you prefer. Still, local roofing contractors can offer a couple more advantages.

Local roofers, for example, are typically familiar with your city or town’s weather conditions. That knowledge enables them to make your roof ready for anything the local climate might bring.

There’s also the fact that local roofers can get to your home faster than those from outside your state, a fact that could come in handy in case of a roofing emergency.

These are just some of the things you need to do to find the ideal roofing contractor. If you have questions you’d like to pose to a potential roofing contractor, list them down and don’t hesitate to ask them during the interview.

Rachel Porter is the content specialist for Custom Contractors Insurance, LLC↗, an Arizona roofing and contractors insurance company. When not writing, she enjoys reading and mountain biking with her friends.

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