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How to Choose a Good Roofer

The structural integrity and personal comfort offered by your home are two of the largest and costliest projects you can undertake as a homeowner. And though home upgrades are completely optional, roof repairs are not – they are a necessity. With a good roofer, you don’t only expect the job done to be done on time and within budget, but you can also get helpful insights in terms of the best materials that can be used.

Here are tips to help 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 in your circle had their roof done in the last few years? Create a list of names, call each one of these people and ask, first, if they were satisfied with that contractor’s work, and second, if they would consider hiring the same person or company again? Testimonials are great for painting a very accurate picture of what it could be like for you with a specific prospect, and your personal contacts will most probably provide truthful feedback. Hardware stores and lumber yards are two other referral sources you may consider.

2. Do some homework.

With at least three qualified prospective roofers, you can start researching their professional histories. First and foremost, verify the contact information they have provided. Then ensure that they are licensed and insured. Check your chamber of commerce and consumer affairs bureau to know if there are red flags you need to be aware of. Also read online reviews from clients they’ve worked with in the past.

3. Ask for a personal meeting.

Yes, to be able to scope out your project correctly, your prospective contractors must actually visit your home and look at the situation. You have to talk about roofing materials and the amount of work that must be done, but remember to ask about the time and manpower that will be needed to finish the job. Observe the contractor’s behavior: you should expect him to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and professional. You’re talking to someone with roofing authority, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t participate in decision-making!

4. Put everything in black and white.

Work must not begin until you have a signed a contract where every little aspect of the job is included. Very important matters like liability; safety procedures; workers’ compensation; clean-up methods; prices and schedule of payments; and warranties for both labor and materials, should be covered. Also ask for a lien waiver so you can be protected against claims, in case suppliers end up unpaid by the contractor.

5. Get the best within your price range.

Lastly, don’t go for the cheapest bid if only to save money. You always get what you pay for in this industry. Definitely, the quotes will be a big issue to consider. But in the end, it should all boil down to how much you trust the roofer to give you outstanding results.
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