Your roof keeps you dry and warm, so when there are problems and it needs repair or replacing, it can be very stressful. Many homeowners dread weeding through potential roofing contractors because there can be unethical contractors or just people with whom you are not a good fit for whatever reason.
Today, we’ll delve into the good, the bad, and the ugly to give you tips and tricks for finding the best roofing contractor to meet your needs.
WHY DO I NEED A QUALITY CONTRACTOR?
A solid, attractive roof not only protects your home from the elements and inclement weather it also provides valuable curb appeal for your home.
Roof leakage is a bigger problem than you think. A roof that leaks is damaged, or wasn’t repaired how you imagined, can be a huge source of stress. That’s why it’s necessary to do some research and find a skilled and reliable contractor.
TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST ROOFING CONTRACTOR
Panic sets in when dealing with roofing problems that homeowners encounter, but it’s better to take some time to thoroughly vet your roofers before they climb out onto your roof. Here are your tips for hiring the right roofer for the job.
Do you know anyone who has recently had work done on their roof? Ask them if they would recommend that company. Also, check out your local Chamber of Commerce and Better Business Bureau. Read Yelp, Google, and Facebook reviews, too, to see what people online are saying. During your research, check out if they have a working phone number. Some fly-by-night builders may not have a website, a phone number, or mention of their previous work online.
Interview multiple roofing companies and ask them for cost and turnaround time estimates. It’s key to get more than one estimate. Ask how much money you need to pay in a down payment. A typical amount is around 10%. Evaluate the materials that each roofing company uses because certain roofs are better for cold climates like Minnesota.
Another thing to ask if they guarantee their work and what their guarantee is. An industry standard is at least a year warranty, but many roofers offer more extended warranties.
Choose a contractor that is licensed and insured. They should have indemnity insurance and worker’s insurance. They should allow you to see the coverage dates.
COORDINATING THE WORK
It’s crucial to find out how long the work will take and if the contractor can work on a convenient schedule. Also, find out the team who will be completing the work on your roof. Will it be the contractor, or will they subcontract the job? If they say it’s a subcontractor, make sure you check them out, too.
CHEAPER ISN’T BETTER
It’s tempting to go with the cheapest bid to save money, but a roof is a significant investment in your property that can last decades, and you want to make the right choice. Low bids drive down the market, and anyone with overhead and adequate insurance has to cover those costs.
Ultimately, look for someone who has an established local business, not someone working out of their truck who can always outbid anyone else.
ASK ABOUT THEIR TECHNIQUE
The roofers can tear off the current roof to lay the new roof or install shingles to the existing roof. An overlay can be less expensive, but you won’t get as many years out of the roof.
During the time that your roof is being repaired, the contractor should perform daily inspections and quality control reviews to make sure that the job looks as it should. You should feel comfortable that your roofer will perform a quality job and check the progress along the way before mistakes are made.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Get everything in writing. Do they return your phone calls or emails in a timely manner? Do they follow up on the documentation you requested? Do you feel comfortable with their responses to any questions? If there are any red flags, stop before you hand over any money.
If, after you’ve asked for clarification, you still don’t feel at ease, then find another contractor. Afterall, it’s your home and your money.
COUNT ON PRINCIPLES TO REPAIR YOUR DAMAGED ROOF
In Minnesota, a solid, sturdy roof is an essential part of your home. That is why you need to work with an excellent building and remodeling company. We believe there is no room for misleading or dishonest building practices. Principles Remodeling & Roofing specializes in creating roofs the greater Twin Cities area can enjoy for years to come. We are incredibly proud of our work because we focus on the quality of our work and value our customers. Schedule an appointment today.