Finding a Roofing Contractor

roofing repairWhen it comes time to replace or repair your roof, things can get out of hand quickly. If you are not familiar with the materials or methods, it can be overwhelming to look at sheeting, roofing paper, roof covering, sheathing…the list goes on and on. It is always best to hire a professional to walk you through the process and pinpoint exactly what the problem is and what he can do to fix it. That being said, it is absolutely vital to find a reliable and trustworthy roofing contractor. The roof of your house is not a place you can skimp on or wait until next month to fit it in the budget: it is absolutely necessary to buy the right materials, hire the right people, and be confident that your roof is in the best condition it can be.

First, check with your friends, neighbors, and local businesses for referrals. You can also search the web for roof replacement phoenix. Seeing a professional contractor’s work up close and hearing it by word of mouth is one of the best ways to know you are getting a high quality contractor. If that doesn’t work, start with Google or the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA) at www.nrca.net. When weeding through the contractors on Google, be sure to read the Yelp, Google, Angie’s List, and Merchant Circle reviews extensively. Better yet, check with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org to make sure the contract you have in mind is a legitimate contractor. If a customer has a bad experience with a contractor they will usually post a bad review somewhere so it is up to you to find any negative reviews. Ask all contractors you contact for at least eight reviews so you can be sure you are getting the right information. You can also ask your local lumber store (note: that means local. Not a HomeDepot or Lowe’s).

Be sure to hire a local roofing company that will be available to you when you need them. Nothing is worse than hiring a large chain roofing company that will leave you high and dry when you have a follow-up question or problem because they are in a different state or a two hour drive away. In addition to the convenience of proximity, you will be able to physically visit their past work and they should be able to address your problems relatively quickly.

When you’ve settled on a list of contractors, be sure that all of them are properly licensed and insured. Don’t take their word for it – ask to see all certifications and follow them up with a phone call to the insurance company. You need to make sure your contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance so they can carry out their work safely and, if necessary, will be covered in case of an accident; additionally, make sure that the insurance will cover the project throughout the entire timespan. You don’t want something bad to happen only to find out the insurance expired right before your project began! Not all states require roofing contractors to have insurance so this is often a detail that falls by the wayside when people reach out to potential contractors. It is a good rule of thumb for a contractor to hold $1,000,000 in general liability insurance. If you are unsure of the business licenses required in your area, contact the Department of Professional Regulation in your area.

Finally, be sure that you fully understand all stipulations and warranties in the contract you receive from your contractor. You should be aware of any foreseeable fees, project length, number of people working on your roof, materials to be used, and safety measures, just to name a few. There are many different styles and products available for roofing projects so it is equally important that your contractor knows the marketplace and what materials are best for the job.

Choosing a roofing contractor will require careful work and dedication. A roof is designed to protect your home, one of your most prized possessions. Bad contractors can leave you in a lurch or worse, severely damage your home. Call different contractors and compare them, do your homework, and be attentive and you should find yourself a high-quality, reputable contractor.

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