When it comes to roof installations and repairs, you should only work with the best. To find the right company to work with, you’ll need to do a bit of research. Here’s a reliable guide to help you find, hire and work with the right roofing contractors.
Choose local roofing professionals who are from your area. Local companies know the climate and other factors in your location that affect the roof. It’ll also be easier for you to get in touch with them about your questions and requests.
Whether you’re looking for a complete roof repair or new gutters, it’s a good idea to ask friends and neighbors for recommendations and start from there.
Ask Around for Reviews
After you’ve listed down a few possible leads, ask around and do some research about their services. The companies will likely have a website or online presence, as well as reviews about them. These will give you an idea about their previous work and customer satisfaction. If you can, ask for homeowner references as well.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to work with roofing companies that have been in business in your area for at least five years.
Keep Your Options Open
Always meet with the contractors and ask for several written proposals so you can compare services including, rates, and other details. Whether it’s for a roof or gutter replacement, you’ll want to know everything about the project, including any post-construction services (maintenance, warranty, etc.).
The proposals should always include the scope of the work, total cost and breakdown, list of materials, prices and payment terms, project timeline, warranties for both material and workmanship and a termination clause, among other things in the fine print.
Be Open About the Price
Your budget will likely determine whom you’ll choose, but don’t fixate on a certain amount. Give yourself a range instead of a specific amount; that way, you’ll be open for suggestions and upgrades. Also, remember that the lowest rates don’t always guarantee the best work. Moreover, try to negotiate the payment; if not the prices of the materials, then maybe ask for some wiggle room on payment plans.
Keep Records of Everything
Take notes of everything that’s discussed and agreed upon, including any suggestions or problems that arise when the project is underway or out of contract. Request for documentation of everything you need to check their credentials, such as licenses and insurance, as well as warranties.