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The only thing that’s standing in between you and your perfect roof is the search to find an amazing roofing company. Whether you’re looking to provide maintenance on the roof you already own or constructing a new roof from scratch, a roofing company can be there for you every step of the way to provide professional services. However, you might often be bombarded with many different choices when it comes to figuring out what roofing company you want to work with. But, fear not! Here are a couple of tips and tricks to figure out how to find your perfect roofing company.
Research, Research, Research
Do all the research that you possibly can when you’re trying to find a roofing company. Utilize all the resources that you have in front of you. The Internet is a great source for researching roofing companies and you can often find worthwhile, fair reviews on sites like Yelp. But by far, the best research that you can do is with those who are close to you. Ask friends and family about the roofing companies that they’ve been involved with in the past. Check with places like the Better Business Bureau and the Home Builders Association, to see if there have been any complaints made against the companies that you are looking into. A first-person account is going to be your best asset when it comes to figuring out the best roofing company for you.
It would be a good idea to work with a roofing company that’s local. Try and find someone that’s been in the business for a long time and has a good reputation with the community. Steer clear from one that has just popped up. They might not be a valid business, with the needed experience to assist you best. You want to make sure that the company that you work with will be around for the length of your given warranty. Before you invite a roofer into your home for an estimate, be sure to do a quick survey of your home yourself so you can inform your roofer about the possible problems that might be going on in your home. Make a list so you don’t forget. You don’t want to leave anything out.
You Get What You Pay For
Your best bet is to trust your roof with someone who is a licensed and insured contractor. You might find lower cost options with individuals who aren’t both, but you shouldn’t waste your time. Ultimately, you get what you pay for. Even though you might be saving money per job, you’re not going to be saving money in the long run. It’s best to make sure that you’re covered as much as possible in case of an emergency. If they’re insured, then you’re insured as well.
If you’ve found a company that you enjoy, ask them for a couple testimonials and references. If they’re legitimate, they’re going to have no problem providing this information for you. Call them yourselves and ask them any questions that come to mind. Don’t hold back; your mighty dollar and precious roof depend on it.
Contracts & Paying for the Job
Be sure to ask them if you’re going to be charged for a quote before they come into your home. Nobody likes unexpected bills. After they’ve checked out your roof, get your quote in writing and signed by the roofer. Include all of the oral promises that they’ve made. If they try to hike up the price on you, you can always show them this as evidence to bring them back into reality.
Read your contract in full and take all the time that you need before you sign it. Get a second pair of eyes to confirm any questions that you might have. Ask all the questions that you have for your roofer as well. Ask about variations of price, and what the variation would mean for you. This is the most important time for you to get informed. After you sign that contract, you are legally bound.
Be very skeptical of anyone who asks you to pay for the entire job up front. That’s not the norm within the roofing industry. The BBB (Better Business Bureau) states that a deposit of one-third of the full price is the standard. Don’t pay for the full job until it’s up to your standard, and your questions are answered. You deserve quality, and you should be absolutely sure that you’re satisfied before you pay.
In Case of Emergency
In a perfect world, you should be establishing a relationship with a roofing company that not only deals with reactive maintenance but also proactive maintenance. But, accidents happen. If there’s an emergency, like extremely severe weather, don’t let your fear speed up the process. Go through the same process of getting all the information that you need before signing on the dotted line. Don’t let a company try and push you into signing a contract because of an emergency.
You might want to have a chat with your insurance agent for advice on how to go about getting repairs. They usually have good information when it comes to handling roof damage after a storm.
Picking the right roofing company to work with is a very important decision. Before you commit to a roofing company, be sure to do all the research that you possibly can. We have a ton of resources at our disposal, especially with the internet. Exhaust them all before putting your money into a company. Ask whoever will listen about the roofing companies that they’ve worked with in the past and listen to all the first-hand accounts that you can, good or bad. As you decide to commit, read your contract in full and make sure you understand everything that’s on it. Don’t let anything rush the process of you finding a good roofing company, even in case of an emergency. You should do what makes you comfortable and work with a company that you trust fully. Working on your roof is a big deal. Don’t give the job to a company that doesn’t deserve it.
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