What makes the best roofing professional?
Follow these easy guidelines, and you’ll be well on your way to picking out the best team for you.
Reputation and Experience
Reputation on and offline is important to investigate before you make a decision. Read online reviews both on the company website and anywhere else other homeowners are posting feedback like Google Reviews. What does the company prides themselves on? See if their reviews match up with what they claim. While a few negative reviews are bound to happen, since it’s impossible to please everyone, a pattern of complaints are a good indication that a company has a bad track record. Asking your neighbors, family, and community is also a good way to find trustworthy companies with satisfied customers.
Investigate a roofing company’s track record or experience. You want professionals who’ve been in the business, and who have experienced many different roofs and situations. Experience means less mistakes, faster service, and quality work. Your roofing professional should be able to answer any questions you have about the materials (which is best for the slope of your roof), underlayment, flashing, drip edge, and any other roofing related question you might have. You should also ask them about any subcontractors they hire, such as electricians if needed, to complete the project so that you can make sure they too are insured and reputable.
Cost and Benefits
Don’t choose a company based only on price. Reputable companies have overhead and insurance, which they adjust their prices with to cover the costs. While on-the-side roofers may or may not be credible or a safe bet, you really do get what you pay for. It’s worthwhile to spend a little more on an established roofing company that has warranties and quality material, than it is to spend more money fixing what the “cheaper” and less reputable company has done.
Additionally, the fact that a good roofing company has insurance and credentials means that if they mess up, it’s on them and their dime. If an accident happens, it’s on their dime. Not yours. Insurance is an absolute must from your roofing experts.
So, if it comes down to price, remember that cheaper isn’t necessarily better. Research your top-notch choices with the credentials, then make a decision from there.
Quality and Warranties
Not all roofing materials are created equal. Ask your prospective roofing companies about their material manufacturer, then research that to make sure their materials are quality. The better the materials, the more durable the roof, the more money you’ll save.
Additionally, insure that the materials and labor are under warranty. Your system needs to be protected from issues such as environmental damages, premature wear, and material defects. Any roofing company worth their salt will back up their equipment and labor. Their warranties should promise highly durable, long-lasting material and a good amount of time covered in case anything goes wrong. Warranties can cover manufacturer materials, manufacturers system, or a contractor’s work. The manufacturer warranties typically cover 10-30 years, while the contractor’s usually covers 1-5 years. Careful review of any warranty is a necessary part of hiring any professional.
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