Any homeowner that has done any kind of roofing project will realize one thing – roofing repairs and replacement don’t come cheap. This necessitates the need to hire reputable roofing contractors for any kind of roofing project. Not all roofers are equal and there is an onus on you as a homeowner to choose a good and reputable one to protect the massive investment you are about to make on your roof.
Unfortunately, there are a few bad players in the roofing industry that set out to take advantage of homeowners. We’d love nothing more than for everyone to be honest and upstanding but that’s not the reality of the world we live in. In light of this, we’ve put together some tips on how to find a trustworthy roofer. But first, let’s take a look at what a trustworthy roofer is.
Who Is a Trustworthy Roofer?
There are many things that make a trustworthy roofer. For one, such a roofer will be honest about their experience, certifications, insurance, and license. A trustworthy roofer also has a good reputation and is smart and knowledgeable. You’ll notice this during consultations as they are willing to provide input about your roofing project.
A reputable roofing contractor treats your home like theirs and is happy to show you their completed projects. With such a contractor, you can rest easy knowing that your roof is in good hands. But then, how do you find such roofers?
Finding A Trustworthy Roofer
Below are some of the ways you can find a reputable roofing contractor:
Ask your friends and family for recommendations
If you have any friend or family member that has completed a roofing project recently, ask them for recommendations. If they have a satisfactory experience with any roofer, they will be happy to recommend such a person or agency to you. And what better endorsement could a roofer get than a recommendation from the people you love and trust?
Customer reviews and testimonials are great for vetting any business. Read what past customers have to say about the roofer and steer clear if there are any concerning reviews or lack of reviews altogether.
Ideally, you should hire a roofer in your area as such a roofer will know all about the required roofing codes and paperwork in your area. But if you have to hire a roofer outside your area (should still be within your state), ensure that such a roofer has a physical location and phone number.
“This provides you with the means to contact them should there ever be a problem with your roof,” comments Ruban Selvanayagam of online property auction firm Property Solvers.
Verify Insurance And License
As previously mentioned, a trustworthy roofer will have no problem showing proof of insurance and license. The roofer should preferably be a member of The National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) which is a reputable roofing body in the industry.
Choose An Experienced Roofing Company
We are all for supporting new businesses but the level of investment that most roofing projects require means you’ll want to go for a roofer with lots of experience. You can be sure of the craftsmanship of such a roofer as they’ve had time to perfect their practice.
Ask Questions And Get Quotes
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. A good roofer will only be too happy to answer them. Also, get quotes from at least three roofers and compare. The idea is to get the best deal possible but don’t be quick to jump at the lowest quote as it may mean the roofer is cutting corners somewhere.