Your roof has problems and you know it but you don’t have the skills and knowledge to identify what exactly. Unlike other house related issues, roof DIY inspection and repair are tough ones. Not all households have the necessary equipment and not everyone can work on heights. So as much as you try, hiring a contractor is inevitable and it’s a safer option.The question is how do you make sure that the contractor you hire is a good one? You pay money and you expect fast and quality turnaround but for that you need to settle for the right contractor and with this article, I’ll help you to choose one.
Full force Internet Search
It all starts with a simple Google search. It’s a good place to start but don’t be deceived with the ads that pop up and the first result that Google brings. You should go even deeper and look at the websites of at least five to eight contractors before you make a decision.
The first factor that you should be looking for is experience. Read the About Us page and pay close attention to the experience, training and certification of the contractor. There are a lot of standards and rules that roof contractors should comply with and it’s for safety measures. If the contractor has relevant experience and certification, they will definitely have it highlighted on their website.
The Internet search also includes the listing websites. Not all contractors have full and detailed descriptions on such websites but there are a lot of reviews that you can read and draw conclusions based on the others’ experiences. Search on Angie’s List, this website has the most reliable services and testimonials.
How do they work?
Different contractors have different working styles. Some of them offer free inspection, some send one person, some don’t have 24/7 support. So, it’s important for you to understand your needs first and then choose your contractor. I recommend trusting contractors who offer free estimates and warranty.
Free estimates guarantee that there will be no last-minute surprises related to the price and warranty is your safety net that if something goes wrong you don’t have to spend money again (at least for a while). If the company also works with contract, then it’s definitely an additional bonus. Verbal warranty may still work but having it written and signed makes it more formal and professional.
We already touched upon this briefly but it’s really important so, I want to go over it once again. Roofing contractors must have certification which proves that they have the skills and capacity to perform repairs. Roofs are no furniture; a wrong repair can result in dangerous consequences. So, make sure that your contractor has a certification. You can check if they’re a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association or its sub body Roofing and Siding Contractors Alliance.
With these tips in mind, you can think and select critically.