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What to Consider When Choosing a Good Roofer

Spring calls to mind customs of planting and cleaning, but it is also a great time to plan reroofing your house. Of course, selecting the right roofer is generally a taxing act that requires research and judgment. It’s way beyond catchy ads or discounted offers. There are vital considerations that ought to be made when seeking a reputable roofer.

Here are five steps to making a wise choice:

Referrals
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Start by asking people you personally know. Has any of your friends, neighbors or colleagues had their roof replaced or repaired? Were they impressed with the outcome? Would they hire the contractor again in the future? Find out what they can say about the roofer they hired. Just as they say, word of mouth matters. Big lumber yards and hardware stores are dependable sources for leads as well.
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Homework

Do a bit of research the moment you have found a contractor you think you can hire. Verify their business address, email address and phone number. Make sure that that the roofer you choose is insured and licensed. Know how long your prospective roofer has been in business. If they have a website or blog, take a look at it and search for photos of past work. Finally, check with your local Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if your prospective roofer has been involved in any complaints by previous clients, and if so, how these were addressed.

Personal Interview

Have each roofing contractor on your list visit your home and talk about the amount of work to be done and what materials should be used. As you do so, see if the contractor sounds knowledgeable, professional and enthusiastic about your project.

Contract

Do not let work start unless you have a contract that covers all aspects of the job, including materials, product and workmanship warranties and guarantees, etc. The contract must be clear on such salient points as safety procedures, liability, compensation, and start and end dates and even cleanup.

Price

Never go for the cheapest bid for the sake of saving money. As you might already know, your roof is a huge investment. Cost will merely be paid off during the roof’s lifetime. That said, yo should decide based solely on value for money. As most people have experienced, cheap can become expensive in the long run.

Reviews

This only applies to those who are looking for roofing contractors on the Internet. Know how people have reviewed your prospective roofer. Any legit issue raised against the roofer you’d like to hire should provide a reason for you to change your mind. However, make sure you stick to independent consumer websites to ensure that you are reading objective and authentic testimonials. There are a lot of websites these days that publish fake news to either promote a particular contractor or damage the reputation of their competitors.