A good roof is one of the most important investments you make for your home. Now that the weather is warming up, it is time to consider whether you need a roof repair or an installation, and finding the right contractor can be just as vital to the success of the roof as the roofing materials. Follow these steps to make certain you find the right contractor for your roofing project.
1. Get a referral. Check with people you know – has a neighbor, friend or family member had a roof replaced and was satisfied with the work done? Lumber yards or hardware stores may also be good sources for leads.
2. Do your research. Ideally, you’ll find two or three qualified contractors. Once you do, verify all their contact information and make sure they are insured and licensed. How long have they been in business. Do they have a professional website showing past work and customer comments? Check for any complaints with your local Better Business Bureau as well as review sites such as Yelp or Angie’s List.
3. Meet with them. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, have each contractor come to your home to discuss roofing materials, how much work needs to be done, and the amount of time and manpower required to get the job done. Does the contractor seem knowledgeable and professional? Be sure to ask a lot of questions – it is your home, and ultimately you get to make all final decisions.
4. Get it in writing. Do not let any work begin until you have a signed contract detailing all aspects of the job, from materials used to product warranty and workmanship guarantees. It should also cover safety procedures and liability (workmen’s compensation, when work is to begin and end, how many workers will be on the job), as well as clean-up methods, payment amounts and schedule.
5. You’ll get what you paid for. Don’t choose the cheapest option for the sake of saving money. Your roof is an investment worth making, and sometimes paying more means increasing its lifespan. Your choice should be based on a combination of cost and confidence.
Courtesy of the Northwest Herald