Are you looking for a contractor who installs or repairs residential roofs? Finding a great residential roofs contractor is important. After all, residential roofs are responsible for not only literally being the roof over your head, it is also responsible for the structural integrity of your home.
If your residential roofs contractor does shoddy work, it’s only a matter of time before water gets through the barrier, which leads to mold and rot and structural weakness. This is hazardous for the health and safety of the people in your home, and costs so very much to replace. Do yourself a favor and find a residential roofing contractor who you can rely on to get the work done right, the first time.
To help you on your quest for the right local roofing company, we’ve put together a checklist you should pay close attention to:
Four Things to Consider Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor
- Look Local
When you use a big-name roofing company that has a national headquarters somewhere across the country, and the men who actually do the work just wears the logo on their shirts, but have no vested interest in the success of the company, they have nothing at stake if your roofing job goes belly up. Additionally, you have very little recourse if you aren’t satisfied with the work rendered.
On the other hand, when you use a small local roofing contractor, the success of the company is contingent on the success of every job completed, and your satisfaction matters. Not to mention, when you stay local, it’s very easy to get a quick gauge of the reputation the contractor has in your area. If someone does great work and is well-loved, you’ll know it right away. If a local business has developed a poor reputation in you small area, there is no covering it up.
- Look Into Manufacturer Designations
Manufacturers of roofing materials offer certifications to roofing contractors who meet their requirements and go through their training. Using a roofing contractor who has a designation from the manufacturer who supplied the material for your pre-existing roof or the roof you’ll be having installed is a great idea. This tells you first of all, that they are well trained and equipped to provide good workmanship on your roof installation or repair. Secondly, it tells you that the roofing contractor is accountable for the work they provide. They aren’t going to violate the guidelines of the manufacturer, because they will lose their designation if they do.
Each roofing manufacturer has different requirements for achieving a designation, but some are very strict.
- Pay Attention to Better Business Bureau Ratings (BBB)
The BBB is your best friend when choosing a roofing contractor. If a contractor has done poor work for other clients, there will be an open case against them in the BBB records, and you’ll know to steer clear.
In addition to being weary of business who have negative BBB ratings, you should also steer clear of roofing contractors who do not exist in BBB’s database. If a roofing contractor burns enough bridges and runs their company into the ground, sometimes they just close up shop, change their name, and start over with a new business. This might wipe out their history with the BBB, but it resets their record to zero, which should tell you to keep looking.
- Shop for an Extensive Warranty
Before you choose a roofing contractor, you want to pay close attention to the warranties offered. A good warranty should offer protection against both damage to the materials used on your roof and the craftsmanship on the work.
You also want to look into manufacturer’s warranties. If, for any reason, your roof develops a problem months or years after the work is done (which if something were done improperly during installation, it might take this long for the issue to become evident) and the contractor isn’t in business anymore, your manufacturer’s will protect you.
And this probably goes without saying, but your warranties need to be in writing for them to be worth anything. Don’t just rely on the word of the contractor that they’ll fix any problems that arise.
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