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Steps to Finding a Reliable Roofing Contractor

A roof is the home’s main line of defense against the elements, and most homeowners take it for granted until there’s a problem. Whether a home needs roof replacement or repair, choosing a roofer can be difficult. By following the tips below, homeowners can find the right contractor for any roofing job.

Shop Around
Good word of mouth is important for local roofers, and homeowners can find a good Roofing Contractor by asking neighbors, friends, and family who they’ve used. Other local resources include:
      *     Building supply and home improvement stores
      *     The local chamber of commerce
      *     The BBB
      *     Trade unions and organizations
      *     The phone book

Homeowners should interview multiple contractors and get estimates from each. This might seem like a labor-intensive process, but it is less time-consuming than fixing problems created by poor workmanship.

Don’t Base Decisions Solely on Price
The best local roofers are so popular that they don’t give much thought to competitive pricing. Besides the quality of the work, establishing a relationship can be an important factor in choosing a roofer. Those who negotiate too harshly on pricing can do so at the expense of workmanship or materials.

Do Some Research
Before signing a work order, the homeowner should verify that the contractor can provide:
      *     Proof of worker’s comp and general liability coverage. Customers should call the insurer to check coverage and get a copy of the certificate.
      *     Current references, to be checked by the customer.
      *     A tax ID number, business license (if required), and a physical address.

Ask Questions
A quality roofer will a take time to answer questions from customers. If the Roofing Contractor is impatient, rude, hurried, or evasive, the customer should take it as a warning sign and they should consider hiring another roofer such as those with us.

Get Agreements in Writing
A homeowner shouldn’t hire a roofer without signing a contract. The work order should be detailed, and it should be signed by both the homeowner and the roofing contractor. Contracts should cover areas like deadlines, work schedules, products used, payment methods, costs, and legal issues pertaining to the contract and to permits. By taking the time to find the right contractor and by following the tips given here, homeowners can be reassured that they have a solid roof over their heads.