When your roof needs to be replaced, it’s not the kind of thing that you can put off. Getting rained on indoors is not something any homeowner wants! But how do you select a roofing company? Whether you find one by asking friends for recommendations or via an online search, it’s important to ask the right questions before you sign the contract. The answers to these questions should be considered carefully before you hire a roofer to work on your home to ensure you receive great service at an affordable price from a reputable company.
Are they local to the area?
Be sure you are dealing with a company that has good standing in the community. Sometimes, companies seem to crop up overnight – and then disappear just as quickly. Be sure the company you choose isn’t going anywhere. Look for a company that has at least 5 years of experience as a company and don’t fall victim to phrases like “More than 100 years of combined service.” That really means nothing if the company employees 100 technicians, each with only 1 year of experience. Find out the real picture of how long the company has been in business and how much experience they truly have.
Can I get that in writing?
Always get everything in writing. This includes not only the price of the job, but what that price includes, the planned start date for the project, the warranty details and any other particular details that you have agreed upon for the job. If it’s not in writing, you don’t have any recourse if things go wrong. At that point, it’s your word against theirs.
Can I see samples of your work?
Southernroofing.ca recommends that you always ask for contact information from former clients. Were they happy with the service they received? Why or why not? Get as much detail as you can about why they feel the way they do about the company. Ask if they would hire the company again. If they have reservations about hiring the company again, you probably should, too.
Here’s what all of this boils down to. Getting a new roof on your house, whether you have a modest home or a mansion, isn’t cheap. And when you get ripped off by scammers, that cost can go up exponentially. Reduce your risk by taking the time to do some research. Interview your potential roofers to find the one that best meets your needs.
It may take a little longer to go this route, but by being diligent in your search for a roofer you will end up choosing a reputable company that does great work at a fair price. Making the wrong choice will not only cause you hassle and stress, it will also cost you more money. When a less-than-reputable company does shoddy work and/or runs off with your money, you’ll have to pay another company to fix their damage. Don’t pay twice for your roof repairs. Make sure they are done right the first time.