I recently read an interesting article on how to choose the right company for replacing your roof. No one wants a horror story when it comes to selecting any contractor -- especially one that is as important as a roofing contractor!
Whether it be from storm damage, or it just becomes the job that can't wait any longer, when it comes time to selecting a roofing contractor, here are some things that you may want to consider:
1) Does your roofing company have local referrals that they can readily supply you with? Do they have a portfolio of work that is from your area? If not, be concerned. Having completed successful, local jobs is important. Having the peace of mind by talking to other satisfied homeowners is priceless.
2) Does your roofing company have the proper licensing and insurance necessary to work in your area? Make sure that the company you are working with has an excellent track record. This applies to safely as well. No one wants to find out (especially during the project) that the roofing company that they are working with is practicing illegally!
3) Does your roofing company use a variety of materials? Can they explain the differences between these materials? Do they offer multiple color and material choices? Remember, your roof is not only for you, but also for any future homeowners. This is especially true if you plan on selling in the near future. Finding an appealing roofing choice is key to getting the most out of your home when you go to resell.
4) Does your roofing company offer an extended warranty? Find out exactly what they offer and compare this with other companies. Getting an extended warranty can really help out in certain situations.
5) Cheaper is not always better! The same goes with more expensive! You want to feel comfortable working with your roofing contractor and although price is a big consideration, it should not be the only consideration. If price is a concern, see if there are ways that you can prolong the life of your roof by doing repairs as opposed to replacing the entire roof.
6) Lastly, make sure you feel comfortable working with your roofing professional. From beginning to end they should be professional. If something doesn't feel right, it probably means that there is an issue or will be an issue! Trust your instincts.