One of the most important decisions you have to make as a homeowner looking to repair or replace your roof is looking for the right company for the job.
If the damage to your roof is extensive, you’ll want to get repairs completed in a timely fashion. However, this does not mean you should simply sign a contract with the first contractor you find.
Finding a trustworthy, honest, and professional roofing company may sound complicated. Thus, we’ve compiled a list of several things you should consider when looking for the right roofing company for you. Check out our guide below.
When Do I Need to Hire a Roofing Company?
There are several reasons you may need to call in a roofing company. These include:
- Roof installation or replacement
- Roof repairs
- Roof maintenance and inspection
Remember that most roofing companies often specialize in making repairs or replacements. On the other hand, installers may only know how to install roofs.
You may be thinking that you can perform small roof repairs on your own. Although that may be possible, keep in mind that your roof is what protects your home from the elements. Therefore, it would be wise to enlist professional help to avoid any costly mistakes.
Roofing Maintenance and Inspection
Enlisting the help of a professional for a roof inspection or maintenance can increase your roof’s lifespan. In general, hiring a roof inspector can run you about $200. It would be wise to arrange for a routine inspection every six to eighteen months.
New Roof Installation
A well-built roof can last for twenty to fifty years. After this, roofs typically require replacement. Replacing a roof for a new one will usually cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. If you’re seeking a roof built with high-end materials, you may end up paying more than $10,000.
What to Look for in a Roofing Company
As an intelligent consumer, you would not take your prized car to a mechanic who has two months of experience. Likewise, you would not ask for heart surgery from a doctor acting merely as a medical resident. Choosing a roofing company is no different. You’ll want to find a roofing company with sufficient experience.
Homeowners, unfortunately, allow price to be the deciding factor when choosing a roofing company. Remember, however, that you usually get what you pay for. If you select a roofing company that can work for cheap, but can’t provide you with testimonials from previous clients, you’re most likely going to end up with poor results.
Any reputable roofing company provides workers’ compensation and liability insurance. These coverages protect you if an accident happens at your home while the roofing company’s team is performing work on your roof.
If, for example, a worker gets injured on your property while working on your roof, the company’s workers’ compensation will cover expenses. You will not be forced to pay for any costs related to the incident.
Liability insurance is also essential, as it protects you from accidents that may happen while your roof is being worked on. If possible, ask the roofing company for their insurance certificates and call the insurance company to verify the validity of the insurance.
As briefly mentioned earlier, you’ll want to look for testimonials regarding the roofing company you’re considering hiring. Reputation is everything for most service-based businesses.
Thanks to the internet, you now have access to unbiased, third-party reviews from people who have worked with the roofing company you are considering. Or at least you should have access to these testimonials.
What do other homeowners have to say about the roofing company? You may be able to obtain a list of past clients from the roofing company. If they cannot provide you with a list, they may care for their clients’ privacy. This is perfectly acceptable. However, they should be able to refer you to their website or a third-party page that lists reviews of their service.
Although the price is vital to consider, you should not treat it as your primary deciding factor. Any proper roofing company will have overhead expenses and insurance expenses that they will need to cover, requiring them to bump up their prices. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Make sure you establish and agree on a means of communication with your roofing company. You can decide to communicate via call, text, email, etc. Just make sure that you’re receiving timely replies, even if you’re simply inquiring about their services.
If a roofing company can’t follow through with their communication, they more than likely cannot follow through with the work they will do on your roof. As in many aspects of life, communication is critical.
Choose a local roofing company, as much as possible. The company you choose should operate locally and should, therefore, have already established a reputation in your community.
Many roofing projects come with a workmanship warranty, which may last anywhere from one year to ten years. However, the warranty can only be fulfilled if the company will still be operating in your area when you give them a call.
Also, a local roofing company will be familiar with the climate and weather conditions of your specific area. Therefore, they will be more than able to properly schedule and handle roofing projects according to the local weather and season.
7. Written Financing Agreements
Every aspect and detail of your roofing installation project should be in writing. However, it is especially important to understand the financing terms and have them in writing.
A reputable roofing company will appoint a knowledgeable member of their team to explain the contract to you and answer any questions and clarifications you may have regarding payment terms. No part of the agreement should be vague or ambiguous. No part of the agreement should also be left out of the written contract.
8. Continued Support
No matter how carefully you planned for the project and no matter how meticulously the company worked, things may still go wrong.
When something goes wrong, you’ll want to make sure the company can handle it. This is something you’ll want to confirm and agree on with the company in advance. It will provide you peace of mind knowing that the company has a plan to provide you with continued support, rather than taking your money and running.
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