Any roofing project, even the small ones - are a big job. From minor repairs and tweaks
to the existing structure, all the way through to an entire reroofing process, taking on a
roofing project is a big, exhausting, and frankly, terrifying task.
A job of this scale, and with this much at stake, deserves to have only the best
contractors on the job, and you need to feel comfortable with the people to whom you
will be entrusting the future value of your home. Wanna find out more about identifying
a reliable contractor, with contactable, legitimate references, a good reputation and a
good work ethic? Keep reading for all the right information.
*There is no such thing as "too many quotes"*
Anything less than three quotes will not give you enough variety to be able to make an informed decision. The more the better though, and if you have the patience to get more than three quotes, it opens up the playing field so much more. When you request quotes from roofing companies, check that they belong to some form of roofing association or other significant regulating authority and that they are active members, not only historically. It is up to you to make the best decision about your home and its future value, so do take great care to ensure that your due diligence is done.
*Do not succumb to immediate pressures*
Many people find themselves in a position where they need an urgent roofing job done
as a result of a storm, tornado or other natural events. It is only normal to want to
restore your roof as soon as possible, but take care: some companies prey on the
desperation of others during these stressful times.
Be very cautious to not only accept a quote because it shows a lower price. Often, essential functions, like insurance, are left out of quotes on purpose, to make the cost appear lower. These surface later in the process as additional costs, which might see you spending more than you would have
in the first place.
You will be liable for any injuries, death or damage that take place during your roofing process if this insurance is not in place. Hospital fees after an injury, in particular, can add up quickly, so stay safe and clear, and rather go with a company that can provide the backing you need.
*Only sign up for what you know you can handle*
A good contract will protect you from unreliable or ambivalent terms and conditions and provide a safeguard in case the process goes awry for any reason. Many contractors
will include a deposit requirement in the contract, but watch out for any deposit amount
that is greater than 10% of the total value of the quote. This could indicate financial
constraints within the company, which might not bode well for the future of the project.
*“Roofing contractors near me” - a more valuable search than you thought*
Other than the convenience of having someone close by working on your roof, there are
other hidden benefits to choosing this option. A local contractor will be well-versed in the
local bylaws and building rules in your area, which could have an effect on speeding up
the process. You could also benefit from local reviews, sometimes even from people
you know, with the bonus of being able to go and view the work that was done, to see if
you would be happy with it.
*What about solar?!*
Any form of work on a roof is risky business - there are a lot of variables, and the
industry is huge, with many providers duking it out for the gig. The same is true for solar
power. Any additions or adjustments to your roof put the roof at risk of structural issues
if it is not done correctly at the outset. From adjustments to an entire reroofing to adding
solar, and variations on these, all require the touch of an expert hand, and picking
someone near you makes it far more accessible.
Pick a contractor who is willing to openly communicate about the work they do, and who
does not appear to hide any qualifications or other paperwork from you. If they take long
to get back to you, you may not be their most important priority, and in that case, you
should keep looking for someone who can deliver what you need.
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