Need a New Roof?
Maybe you’ve recently had storm damage to your roof. Or maybe it’s just time for a replacement to update the look of your home. In either case, you need to contact a professional roofing contractor. They are best qualified to install a new roof safely and effectively. For starters, roofers will provide a workmanship warranty for the work they perform. If there are problems with your new roof, a good contractor will fix it.
Installing a new roof at your home can also increase its overall value. It’s an investment that lasts a long time so it’s essential that you pick the right contractor. Talk to the people you know and trust. Ask your family, friends and neighbors if they have recommendations on a reliable roofer. Go online and check the Internet for roofing contractors in your area. Some websites offer lists of professionals, along with reviews of their work. The best information will likely come from personal recommendations. As you ask around, be sure to focus on the quality of work as well as the cleanup process. You don’t want scraps of shingles and nails left over after the contractors have gone home. Don’t hire professionals who leave debris after they are gone.
Find a contractor with a long track record in your community. Some contractors travel the country looking for work. They appear after a community experiences a natural disaster or heavy storm. These contractors are making money from the insurance claims. If you hire one of them, they cannot provide realistic guarantees for their work. After all, they may be on the other side of the country if your roof starts to leak again. Becoming acquainted with local contractors is especially important if you live in an area prone to seasonal storms. It is good to know who to call if your house needs repair work.
Once you have contact information for several roofing contractors, call them. Inquire about the company’s background and how long they have been in business. Generally, a good roofer should offer a workmanship guarantee of three to five years. If the company has been in business for less than five years, it will be difficult to determine the quality of their work. Continue to ask questions about time frames and estimates. You should always get a written estimate before proceeding with any work. Communicating with the contractor will let them know that you will be taking a hands-on approach to this project. Ask the contractor for their recommendation on what type of shingle options they can offer you depending on your specific needs and budget. Also, be prepared to ask them some questions regarding what happens if they find damaged decking, and when they might be available to start. Also, depending on the roofing system that gets installed, have the contractor provide a copy of the warranty that was agreed upon prior to installation.
Every professional who works on your property should be licensed and bonded. Insurance is particularly important for roofing contractors. They should be able to cover any damages they might cause to your property. It is also essential that workers are covered under their insurance as well, in the event someone is injured during the job. Before work commences, you must receive a written contract from the roofer. Read it over carefully. It will state the type of materials to be used, detailed scope of work and the final cost. Following these tips will help you find the best roofing contractor in your community. You can rest comfortably knowing that you made the right decision.
Copywriter: Loraine Ellis, Enterprise Publishing
Editor: Traci Matthew, McKinnis Inc.