How to Choose the Best Roofing Contractor
A great roofing contractor will do more than just install your roof. You’ll get more value out of your project by consulting with an experience professionalwho can serve as a trusted and valuable resource to help you make decisions. No matter how big or how small the job, quality work is important.
While you’re gathering bids for your roofing project, treat the process like an interview, not just a pricing war. You’ve probably heard it many times, but the lowest price rarely equals the best value. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to finding the best roofing contractor.
Here are a few things to ask before you hire a roofing contractor for your project.
Is the Roofing Contractor Licensed and Insured?
Accidents happen, even to roofing contractors. Are they able to make ammends? Can the guarantee the job will be done and won't leak? A hand shake is terrific, and a signed contract better, but without being licensed and insured, but recovering from water or other unforseen damages falls back on you — unless you want to try and waste money in court.
Maintaining a roofing license means that a contractor cares enough about his career to make the effort to stay current on industry standards. This not only indicates a higher level of professionalism and expertise, it means that your roofing contractor values his own work.
The same concept goes for being bonded and insured. You don’t want to risk being liable for someone’s personal or property injury that may occur during the project. A roofing contractor who carries insurance for the crew shows mindfulness and respect for you and the roofers doing the work. Be sure to verify that your roofing contractor has appropriate liability insurance coverage for everyone working on your project.
Is the Roofing Contractor Knowledgeable About Materials?
There is a wide array of roofing material choices available today. It can be overwhelming to make the decision on your own, so you should look for a roofing contractor who can provide you with honest, expert guidance.
When you have the contractor come to look at the project to give you a bid, take some time to talk about his knowledge of different materials and what kind of options are available for your project. Even if you are replacing or repairing a roof and plan on keeping the same materials, tell the contractor that you’re open to change. This will give you an opportunity to see what kind of knowledge the contractor has about his industry and the products available.
Your roof needs to be able to withstand the elements, including heat, precipitation and wind. You also need to think about how the roof will look on your home. Not all roofing options will look right on certain styles of homes. Cost is always a consideration as well.
To find the best roofing contractor in your area, ask for suggestions and see if you trust the answers you’re given. A contractor who immediately suggests the most expensive product without consulting you about your wants and needs is probably not looking out for your best interests. Likewise, if a roofing contractor only suggests the cheapest products, it will be obvious that quality and value are not a high priority.
What Are The Roofing Contractor’s “Standards of Professionalism?”
Like we said before, to find the best roofing contractor, you should treat the bidding process for your roofing project like an interview. Have in mind what you expect from the contractor, then ask the contractor to describe his standards of professionalism. Look for a contractor who will…
- Be considerate of your property and your time
- Manage the project for maximum efficiency
- Come prepared with all necessary tools and materials
- Clean up the work site and remove all debris when the project is completed
- Insist on the safety of the crew
Finally, make sure the roofing contractor specializes in roofing. A handyman or friend just looking for some extra cash is not the person to trust with one of the most important structural elements of your home. Hire a licensed professional who is extremely knowledgeable about the industry and will get the job done right.
Excellent Exteriors, LLC is licensed, insured and 100% committed to providing the best quality and value for our customers. Contact us today to request an estimate on your roofing project.