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How to Choose a Good Roofer

The structural integrity and personal comfort your home provides are the two most important and expensive projects you may ever undertake being a homeowner. And although home upgrades are totally elective, repairing your roof is not – it’s essential. A good roofer will not only complete the job done within budget and deadline, but will also offer practical insights regarding which materials are the best to use.

Below are tips that come in handy as you find the right roofer:

1. Get referrals.

One tested and proven way of searching for a good contractor is seeking referrals from friends and neighbors. Has anyone within your circle worked with a roofer recently? List down names, call these people and ask two questions: were they happy with the work of the contractor and would they hire the same person or company in the future? Testimonials paint the most accurate image of what your experience might look like with a particular prospect, and your personal contacts will almost always give you their honest opinion. Lumber yards and hardware stores are other sources of referrals you can consider.

2. Do some research.

Once you have at least three qualified prospective roofers, you can begin researching their backgrounds. First and foremost, verify the contact information they have provided. Then confirm whether or not they are licensed and insured. Check with your local consumer affairs office and chamber of commerce for any red flags you must be aware of. Also read online reviews from clients they’ve worked with in the past.

3. Ask for a personal meeting.

Yes, scoping out your job requires that your prospective contractors actually come and inspect your home. You must discuss roofing material options as well as the amount of work that needs to be done, but don’t forget about the time and labor that the job will require. Observe the contractor’s behavior: you should expect him to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and professional. You’re dealing with someone who is considered roofing authority, but that doesn’t change the fact that you have to be involved in decision making.

4. Put everything on paper.

Until you have signed a contract which you deem acceptable – meaning, all the provisions are acceptable to you – work should not begin. Among the most important matters that should be covered are liability, workers’ compensation, safety procedures, labor and material warranties, prices, schedule of payments, and clean-up methods. As well, consider requesting a lien waiver so that your roof can be protected from claims, just in case the roofer has outstanding balances with suppliers.

5. Get the best you can afford.

Finally, forget the cheapest bid even if it saves you money. You always get what you pay for in this industry. Of course, the estimates will be a huge factor to consider. In the end, however, it should all boil down to how much you trust the roofer.
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