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How to Locate a Good Roofer

The structural integrity and personal comfort your home provides are the two most important and expensive projects you may ever undertake being a homeowner. And although home upgrades are totally elective, repairing your roof is not – it’s essential. A good roofer will not just just get the job done on budget and on time, but will also give you valuable insights on what materials are best to use.

Here are tips to help you find the right roofer:

1. Ask for referrals.
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A tried and tested way of finding a reputable contractor is asking friends and neighbors for recommendations. Has anyone in your circle had their roof done in the last few years? Create a list of names, call each one of these people and ask, first, if they were satisfied with that contractor’s work, and second, if they would consider hiring the same person or company again? Testimonials are great for painting a very accurate picture of what it could be like for you with a specific prospect, and your personal contacts will most probably provide truthful feedback. Lumber yards and hardware stores are other sources of referrals you can consider.
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2. Do some homework.

With at least three qualified prospective roofers, you can start researching their professional histories. First and foremost, verify the contact information they have provided. Then ensure that they are licensed and insured. Check with the Better Business Bureau and your chamber of commerce to know if there are warning signs you need to know. Also go through online reviews posted by their previous clients.

3. Ask for a personal meeting.

Yes, your prospective contractors should actually come to your home to be able to scope out the job properly. You have to talk about roofing materials and the amount of work that must be done, but remember to ask about the time and manpower that will be needed to finish the job. Observe the contractor’s behavior: you should expect him to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and professional. You’re talking to someone with roofing authority, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t participate in decision-making!

4. Get all agreements in writing.

Work need not begin until you have a accepted and signed a contract that should include every aspect of the project. Among the most important matters that should be covered are liability, workers’ compensation, safety procedures, labor and material warranties, prices, schedule of payments, and clean-up methods. Also consider asking for a lien waiver so that your roof can be protected against claims that may arise in the event that the roofer fails to pay suppliers.

5. Go for the best your budget can afford.

Finally, forget the cheapest bid even if it saves you money. You always get what you pay for in this industry. Of course, the estimates will be a huge factor to consider. However, in the end, it should all come down to your trust and confidence in the roofer.