Roofing projects can be a daunting experience. Even though it is a significant project there are a number of things you can do to make sure the job is a less stressful one, starting with hiring a roofing professional. You may be wondering, “How do I go about hiring the best roofing contractor near me?” Here are five tips to make your search easier.
1. Choose a local contractor
Making sure your contractor is local is perhaps the most important tip we can provide. If you choose local, it means that not only are they operating locally now, but likely have been doing so for quite some time. Local contractors are established in the community and also have an established reputation that can be easily verified.
You wouldn’t believe how often homeowners run into issues with warranties. The contractor they chose has closed, moved, or vanished altogether. It’s easy for someone to produce a piece of paper, but it’s more challenging to find someone who will produce a warranty and be around to back that warranty up.
2. Insurance is a must
Verify that the contractor that you choose has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask to see their certificates and reach out to the insurance agents to verify their policies are current. You will feel a lot better knowing that the service being provided to you is covered.
3. Price isn’t everything
Never choose a contractor based upon price alone. The bidding process is competitive, and contractors know that. Cheap bids drive down the market and harm reputable contractors. Always remember that contractors, legitimate ones in particular, have overhead to cover such as insurance.
Hiring someone who does work on the side or is working out of a pickup is always going to be cheaper. In the long run, always remember the old saying “You get what you pay for.” Customers who settle on price, nine times out of ten, will be back spending more money to fix problems. Many of those problems would have been covered under a warranty from a reputable, established local contractor.
4. Avoid storm chasers
We have all encountered them. The contractor who canvasses the neighborhood, going door to door, looking for work after a hail storm. These types of roofers will tell you that you have storm damage and will want you to sign a letter of intent. Do not be pressured into signing anything. Always get a second opinion.
5. Get job details in writing
Make certain you get a complete quote that includes all the details of the job. Make sure the terms of payment are discussed upfront and that you ask how long the job will take. Never pay for a roofing job in full, and never make the last payment until you are completely satisfied with the job. A reputable roofing contractor will be used to this arrangement.
Are you looking to have a new roof installed on your home? Give your local roofing contractor Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc. a call. Find out why so many have been satisfied with the Bealing experience of being honest, willing, and open.