Hiring the Best Possible Roofing Contractor
Hire the right roof installation contractor for your roofing project to make sure the project goes as smoothly as possible.
You need to find a qualified, professional roofing contractor. Observe some of the new roofing jobs in your neighborhood and then search around on the internet and before long, you’ll find the right company.
Call and talk to the owners of the companies you choose to get estimates from. They should get back to you with a proposal after sending their foreman/estimator over to inspect your property. Making enough calls that you’ll have at least 3 companies to consider.
Roof Installation Companies
Now the challenge is to choose the best one of the group for your project. How do you do that? By following three golden rules of hiring contractors:
1. Look for a long history and professionalism
Surfing a contractor’s website, you’ll want to see signs of professionalism, such as Better Business Bureau affiliation, trade magazine rankings, or maybe industry awards. Also, elite or master certification from a leading manufacturer or two shows a commitment to training and quality. If you really want to avoid surprises, pay close attention to the companies whose work has been officially recognized by the institutions that matter in the construction field.
2. Get references and check them all
Go with a well-established company that supports its claims to quality and supplies you with recent and past references. Online testimonials are good, but they’re not as credible as speaking directly to someone thats had experience working directly with a roofing contractor. Positive reports on a site like Angie’s List, Home Advisor or Yelp shouldn’t be ignored – just remember that not every good contractor worthy of consideration has been reviewed online. If possible, go out and personally visit roofing jobs completed by the companies on your short list.
3. All estimates are not created equal
A contractor must inspect the roof being considered before they can submit a credible bid. Expect each company being considered for your business to offer insights on the work that needs to be done, including your best options and the time that will be needed. If you interview a contractor that is not willing to explain their quote in as much depth and detail as you need, eliminate them and move on to the next prospect.
New Roof Installers
Once you find the one you’re most impressed with, it’s time to verify that they carry workers’ compensation coverage and at least $1 million of liability insurance. Get the roofer’s insurance agent’s name and ask for their proof-of-insurance certificates. Once you’ve seen these documents, then its time to talk about an estimate, which should be done for free.
Make sure you get a warranty that covers leaks, flashing failure and any other labor-related problems. A one-year warranty is the minimum you should accept, though two or three years is what you should ask for. These same stipulations need to go into the contract, which should also include what type of quality materials will be used. Request the highest-rated, longest-lasting shingles or tiles you can afford to pay for.
Manufacturers usually warrant their products for 20 to 30 years. Some warranties can be voided if shingles are put on over existing shingles, so tearing off the existing layer might be a requirement, at an additional expense. Asphalt shingle roofs last 13 to 15 years on average, so a 20-year warranty should be fine. Tiles should last 30 to 40 years. Just make sure to get the proper paperwork and proof of purchase needed, in case you have to pursue any issues in the future.
If you’re still looking for the right roof installation contractor, give Mikku and Sons Roofing and Repair a call at (623) 465-1068 for your free consultation and estimate.