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5 Tips for Homeowners for Choosing the Ideal Roofing Contractor

We all need a roof over our heads, quite literally. Walls protect us from the elements, but it’s the roof that bears the brunt of harsh direct sunlight and heavy rainfall or snow. Ensuring that your roof is repaired and functioning to the best of its ability is just one way you can save money on your energy bill and help you have a smooth home selling journey!

Unsurprisingly, it’s also the roof that sustains a fair amount of damage, and at a much earlier time than walls or any other major part of the house. And since it's extremely important, we must do everything we can to repair or if need be, replace the roof. Thanks to roofing insurance, we can get repairs and replacements done straight away whenever we need it.

Of course, you can’t just hire any handyman insight to get up there and fix your roof. You will need a skilled and experienced roofing contractor to repair or replace the most important part of your house. 

So how do you choose the ideal roofing contractor? Here are some tips that just might help you out.

Go for local roofing contractors

Getting roofers from out of state is fine, but going local has certain advantages. For one, local roofing contractors are familiar with the weather where your house is located and are therefore more knowledgeable in dealing with the challenges it presents. Local roofers can also attend to your roof immediately whenever an emergency strikes. They are also more likely to honor any warranty they might offer for their jobs.

Never hire “Storm Chasers.”

Sometimes, there will be people knocking at your door and introducing themselves as local roofers right after severe weather such as storms. They’ll offer to check your roof, then fix anything they say is wrong with it at very low rates.

These people are storm chasers, and you would do well to refuse their offer, no matter how cheap and tempting it sounds. In all likelihood, they’re not very good roofers and will deliver substandard results. They will even say that there’s something wrong with your roof when there is none. Storm chasers are scammers, so be wary of them. Red flags include vehicles with no business name and address and contact details, and these individuals asking for payment in advance.

Check for experience

Experienced roofing contractors—or any contractor, for that matter—tend to be better at what they do than those who are just starting out. More often than not, experienced roofers have already handled many different roofing scenarios and therefore know what to do. It’s also possible for experienced roofing contractors to have access to suppliers who provide materials at much lower prices.

Look at previous work

Ask for a portfolio of roofing jobs they have done in the past and see if you like their workmanship. Better yet, do your research online and take a look at the contractor’s website. Surely, there will be work samples there. You can also check for reviews from previews clients, who will likely express their satisfaction or dismay with the roofer who’s trying to win your business.

Check for insurance

Roofing is often listed as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Roofers are always in danger of falling from a certain height and possibly hurting not only themselves but also other people on the ground. Tools could also fall and hit someone or damage property.

These risks stress the importance of hiring roofing contractors with general liability insurance and workers' compensation. Ask candidates if they have insurance, and don’t just take their word for it if they say yes. Always ask for documentary proof that they are, indeed, insured. 

Don’t hire a roofer without insurance, because if something happens and the contractor is not insured, you, the client, will technically become the contractor, and will, therefore, be liable for any personal injury or property damage that may occur at the worksite.

These tips are in no way the only things you can do to ensure you’ll be hiring the right roofing contractor to repair or replace your roof, but they’re a good enough place to start.

Discussion

#1 By Access Doors and Panels at 11/6/2019 -2:58 PM

Thanks for the detailed content. Definitely agree, especially with local contractors. It's nearer and easier, and they'd be best at work that actually surrounds them than spending time to look for farther ones. I also see a solid networking when it comes to local work not only for roofing services but life in general I guess :D

#2 By Victoria Addingotn at 2/11/2020 8:04 AM

I am currently looking for a roofing contractor that can help me fix the damage in our roof caused by a heavy storm. Since the rainy season isn't over yet I am hoping to find one as soon as possible. It's awesome that I've read in your blog, that I should go for local roofing contractors because they are more knowledgeable in dealing with repairs in my roof considering that they know where my house is located. Thanks for the tip! I shall find one that is near our vicinity.

#3 By victoria addington at 7/27/2020 7:23 AM

Thanks for your helpful tips on how to choose the ideal roofers. My cousin asked my help to find one for the installation of her roof as part of the construction process. With that said, I shall then follow your advice to look for one that's within the locality as they are more familiar with the weather where my property is located.

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Local roof installers often have a better idea of what your home may need than those who are not as familiar with your area. Thank you for the suggestions!

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#8 By Levi Armstrong at 3/1/2021 -2:51 PM

I like that you said I should check the roofing contractor's portfolio to see their previous works and ensure I like their workmanship before hiring them. My husband plans on hiring one soon since he plans to have a guest house constructed on our new property. I'll share this article of yours with him later to use as a guide. Thanks.

#9 By Jay Jorgenson at 3/30/2021 3:00 PM

I liked when you talked about how important is to check for previous work when choosing a roofing contractor. My sister has recently got a loan for buying a house, and she is already thinking about what to do to give it proper maintenance, and the roof is a very important part of her plan. I will make sure she knows these tips, so when she needs to call a professional she can know how to choose the best contractor.

#10 By Rancho Cordova Roofing Contractors at 4/5/2021 9:01 PM

I couldn't agree more! if you plan to hire roof experts go with licensed and insured to determined you're hiring the right one.

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In many cases, homeowners allow price to dictate the contractor they choose. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. If you go with a roofing company that can give you a bargain price but can’t provide a list of happy customers, you’re probably going to end up with a substandard installation.

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