Hiring the right roofing contractor is crucial to ensuring the success of your roof replacement or repair. The right contractor will be professional, skilled, experienced, and courteous. Here are some quick tips and tricks to hiring the right roofing contractor for your home.
How to Hire a Roofing Contractor
1. Do Your Research
It is very important to research any potential contractors so that you can make an informed decision when hiring them. Use websites like Google Reviews, Facebook, or the Better Business Bureau to see what their previous customers thought about their work. Remember to cross-check reviews on different sites so that you can get a better idea about what most people think about the contractor. If there are only one or two bad reviews, take them with a grain of salt. But if the reviews are mostly apathetic or even negative, you may want to remove this contractor from consideration.
Along with online reviews, ask friends, neighbors, and family which contractors they have worked with that they would recommend.
2. Interview the Contractor
It doesn’t need to be a formal, sit-down interview, but feel free to ask any potential contractor all of your questions. Ask about references, any concerning reviews, and their work process. Look for someone who is open and willing to communicate.
3. Have High Standards
It’s important to know what industry standards to look for when hiring a contractor. You should only consider properly licensed contractors, and verify these credentials with any relevant agencies. Ask to see the contractor’s certificate of insurance to make sure they have worker’s compensation and liability insurance for roofing jobs.
96% of contractors go out of business in their first decade. If you find a roofing contractor who has been open for more than 10 years and has all necessary insurance & credentials, there is a good chance that you have found a quality company.
4. Talk About Money
Because you are likely to be paying them a sizable amount of money, it is crucial to make sure both you and any potential contractor are on the same page when it comes to finances. Ask for estimates in writing, and inquire about what (if any) warranties they offer. The best contractors will stand behind their work and offer a guarantee for their services. Most materials the contractor uses will have a warranty, so ask for that information too.
Also, it is important to ask the contractor what the payment options and requirements are. Many providers ask customers to pay for 10-15% of the job’s projected cost before work begins. The most secure method of payment would be a credit or debit card, but in the event you pay via cash, be sure to get a receipt of the transaction.
Want a Reputable, Skilled Roofing Contractor?
Northeast Home & Energy is a highly reputable roofing contractor with many years of experience. If you need help with a roofing repair or replacement for your home, contact us today. We can set up a free consultation or simply answer some of your questions. Let’s get to work!