While you might be good at DIY projects, it’s essential to use a roofing contractor as your small mistakes can become huge blunders. Before hiring a roofing expert, decide on your type of roofing and set your budget.
It can be so easy to select a roofing company or contractor if your main criterion is cost, but believe it or not, you’ll have plenty of post-installation problems to deal with. To make sure that you pick the best roofer, follow the steps outlined below.
Research and prepare a list
Your research need not be confined to the internet as you can’t always rely on it when it comes to doing major projects like roofing. This doesn’t mean that you completely avoid the internet though. As well as the information found online, you should seek referrals from your neighbors, family and friends. Opt for local roofers as it’ll be easier to verify their qualifications. Create a list of potential roofers and contractors.
Contact and do interviews
After finalizing your list, contact every contractor on the list to arrange interviews with all of them. Here are some of the questions you can ask in the interview:
Is your firm registered? It’s easier to trust a registered contractor. Ask for their address and registered business name and write it down.
Does your business have licenses and permits? If the roofer has the necessary permits and licenses, they are likely qualified for the project.
How long have you been doing this? If the roofer has vast experience, they’re less likely to make mistakes.
Can you give references? You can get in touch with those in that list to find out the contractor’s quality of work.
How much will you charge? Describe the work that needs to be done, and ask for estimates and costs from the roofing expert. You should work out if you can afford the contractor.
Settle on the contractor
After interviewing a number of roofing contractors, you should find out each one’s merits and demerits. The references that the roofer gives will definitely help you take the right decision and it’s critical to validate the claims of each reference before contacting them.
Take all the information you’ve collected and compare the roofers. Don’t be quick to hire a contractor–spend as much time as is necessary. Once you’ve settled on a contractor, contact them and tell them that you want to use them. Ask for the following items from your chosen contractor:
Written proposal clearly describing the project
Number of persons that’ll be handling your job
Contact details of the project’s supervisor
Length of warranty
Never sacrifice quality in order to save some money. With some time and effort, you will definitely land a reliable roofing contractor.