Choosing Your Roofing Contractor

The Third Estimate

Apr 16, 2022

Don't select a roofing contractor before reading this article!

Are you looking for a roofing contractor for your next project? Before making your final selection here are a few points to consider. Of course, we hope you'll choose The Third Estimate Roofing Contractors, but if you're outside our service area we hope these points will help you choose the right company for you.

Check how long the company has been in business

The first thing you should do is determine how long the company has been in business. Longevity is a sign that the company is experienced and has a track record of providing quality service. In this business, bad companies don't last long. Fly-by-night contractors could do more damage to your roof than good. Therefore, you should verify the experience of a roofing company before you sign a contract for their services.

Consider previous work

It's always a good idea to take a look at the contractor's previous work. When you apply for a job, your potential employer wants references. In the same manner, you should request references. Check out some of the work the contractor has performed for your neighbors. Reviewing work previously performed by the company will help you determine what sort of a service you can expect. Check online reviews, but don't let a couple of bad reviews scare you off if the contractor otherwise checks out. Some customers are very difficult and sometimes there are legitimate problems. However, consider how the contractor handles problems. Did they reach out to try to resolve problems to the client's satisfaction? If all of the reviews are bad, though, this may raise a red flag.

Double check insurance and licensing

You should double-check insurance and licensing when you are working with a roofing company. Moreover, they need to be equipped with the right materials, tools, and safety equipment as well. When the company does things right, you know they'll get the job done without a problem. A quality roofing installer will be carrying all required documents to prove credibility and expertise. When you verify them, you can have peace of mind knowing that you're dealing with a top flight company.

Cheaper is not always the least expensive

Have you ever heard the saying, "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional, you should try hiring an amateur!" The same concept is true when hiring a contractor. Some companies are more professional than others. There are many cut rate services in this industry, but the old saying, "You get what you pay for" should also be considered. Many smaller companies hire less experienced or even unqualified workers. They may not have the most up-to-date equipment, may cut corners to save money, or use substandard materials. Hence, you should think twice before making a decision solely on the cheapest price. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to overpay for your roofing company either. Just be sure that you get a reasonable service from the roofing company for the amount that you spend.

How will unplanned repairs be handled?

You should ask what the roofing company is going to do if unplanned repairs are necessary. Especially when doing a complete tear off of an old roof, you may come across multiple unplanned repairs. It's not uncommon to uncover rotted wood under worn shingles. How will the roofing contractor deal with these unexpected repairs? Sometimes a certain number of plywood sheets are included in the price to keep the job moving forward in this event. If the company has a plan to deal with unexpected contingencies, you will not have to worry about missed deadlines or additional payment.

 

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