Today’s roofing products last longer than they have in the past. However, there is a pretty high likelihood that as a homeowner, you will be faced with a roof repair or total roof replacement. This can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Sure, there are many options for roofing materials and contractors out there. But, here are a few tips to make the process of hiring a roofing contractor in Sykesville, MD, a little easier.
There are many options when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor. The best option by far is to choose local. Local roofing contractors are far easier to get a hold of if an issue arises after completing the job. They also have a reputation to uphold in the local community. They have spent years building their reputation and will not perform shoddy work that would sacrifice that reputation. After a storm, if you are in a pinch, resist the urge to hire “fly-by-night” contractors who canvas a neighborhood taking advantage of those who need immediate repairs. As soon as their work is done, they will be gone, likely never to be heard from again.
Check for insurance
One of the most important steps to hiring any roofing company is to make sure they are covered by workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof by seeing the actual certificates. You want to make sure any work done to your home is covered and that workers who will be on your property are covered in case of injury. It is even a good idea to follow up with the insurance companies to ensure the roofing contractor’s coverage is current.
Look beyond price
Everyone wants to get the best deal possible, but price should not be the sole driving factor when choosing a roofing contractor. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. As mentioned earlier, fly-by-night contractors swoop into the local area during a crisis and damage the local market. These contractors are known for quickly performing shoddy work and leaving just as quickly, never to be seen or heard from again. If repairs are needed after they have left due to their poor work ethics, you will ultimately pay more on the overall project after hiring a reliable local contractor to do the job right.
Always remember, this is your home, and this is your job. You are also opening your wallet to pay for the work to be done correctly. Ask for a complete and documented quote. Any reputable contractor that has been in business for any amount of time will gladly do this. Not only does this documented quote cover you, but it covers them as well. A clear and concise quote makes certain all parties involved know what is expected for the work to be done.
At Bealing, Roofing & Exteriors, Inc., our desire is to serve you. If you are hiring a roofing contractor in Sykesville, MD, give us a call.