Not something to be overlooked when it comes to building the home of your dreams and ensuring it will stand the test of time, the roof you choose, and the roofing company you choose to install it, is a big deal.
Whether you’re building from scratch, replacing the shingles, or in need of some emergency repairs, it is critical in inform yourself about the choices you have available and then set out to find a reliable company to help you execute the project. Here are some tips to help guide you through that process.
Here is a guide on how to find a roofer:
1. Know some of your requirements before you start shopping around
The more you can tell a roofing company about what you want and need out of your roof, the more quickly you’ll be able to find the right team for the job and start ironing out the details. Do some research about what kind of materials will complement the style of your home and what types of materials are able to stand up to the kinds of natural disasters you might reasonably expect in your area.
For example, if you have a craftsman-style home, wood shingles might be a good fit aesthetically. That being said, if you live in an area where you are regularly concerned about wind and fire, you should probably stay away from wood. Do some research so you have an idea of what you want going in.
2. Have some questions prepared
Now that you’ve done your homework, it is time to make sure that the people you’re dealing with know what they’re talking about too. Probably the two big questions that should also find their way into your initial discussion are how long the roof you’re talking about can be expected to last, and how much it is going to cost.
Some budget-friendly options like asphalt shingles are easier on the wallet, but don’t last as long. Compare and discuss these two tensions to figure out the best fit for your budget and expectations.
3. Confirm they have insurance
If you’re starting to feel like you’re making progress and that you’ve found the right people for the job, it is time to cross your t’s and dot your i’s. The company you decide to go with should be well equipped with both workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Ask to see certificates and do your part to ensure that all involved parties, including yourself, are properly protected.
4. Try to support a local company
There are several reasons why choosing a local company to do your roofing can pay off down the line. First of all, it is always a good idea to support hard working people within the community, and also, you will know where to find them if something goes wrong with the project in the future.
It is also easier to gauge the reputation of a business that is operation locally. You can look on community forums and talk to other’s who have used their services to learn about the kind of experience they had.
5. Get everything in writing before the project starts
To avoid confusion and frustration once it’s too late to change anything, make sure that both parties agree on all aspects of the job in advance. Clearly write out the details and expectations and don’t allow any money to exchange hands before things are clearly settled and accepted by both sides.
A professional company should already be prepared for this stage of the process and should be more than happy to comply, in addition to answering any questions you have.