Choosing A Roofing Contractor

Things to consider when choosing your roofing contractor:

  • Make sure that your roofer has adequate insurance coverage.  Many roofers do not even carry insurance.  Some will purchase a policy just to obtain a certificate of insurance and then stop paying the premium.  Buyer beware.

  • Ask a lot of questions.  Get technical.  You will quickly sift out the roofers who only know how to nail on shingles.  Ask what makes a complete roof system.  Ask about ventilation and how it affects roof longevity.  Ask about proper flashing techniques.  Ask about warranties.  Ask for a list of references and call them.

  • Watch out for any company asking you to pay a portion or all of the costs up front.  This should be an immediate red flag.  Any reputable roofing company that is financially sound should be able to front the labor and material costs.

  • Do not automatically go with the lowest bidder.  In most cases, there is a reason they are the lowest bidder.  Not all roof systems are created equal.  Many roofing companies cut corners during installation and use inadequate materials.  Look for the best value instead of concentrating solely on price.

  • Do your homework.  Ask your friends and family about the different roofing companies in your area.  Check with your insurance agent to see who is reputable.  Read reviews.  Find out who not to use because of a questionable reputation.

  • ALWAYS hire a local roofing contractor.  After a storm event, you will see the storm chasers with signs all over the place.  You need to hire a company that will be here when you need them should a warranty claim arise.

  • Always get the project details in writing.  Make sure every part of the job including any other trades are listed on the service contract and that both you and an authorized representative have signed/dated it.

  • If you are replacing the entire roof, make sure your roofing contractor is tearing off all layers of existing shingles before installing the new product.  It was once common for some roofing companies to install new shingles over the old.  This presents several problems.  There may be too much weight on the framing members to adequately support more than one layer of roofing material.  On an overlay, the shingles never seal correctly and are susceptible to wind damage.  You will not have an opportunity to inspect the decking for areas of rot or deterioration which should be repaired prior to installation.


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