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Finding a Good Roofer

Spring calls to mind customs of planting and cleaning, but it is also a great time to plan reroofing your house. Certainly, hiring the right roofer is typically a taxing act that needs research and discernment. It’s way beyond catchy ads or discounted offers. There are serious considerations that must be made when looking for a qualified roofer.

The following are five tips to help you make a good choice:

Referrals
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Begin by talking to people you know. Has any of your friends, neighbors or colleagues had their roof replaced or repaired? Were they impressed with the outcome? Would they hire the contractor again in the future? Know what they have to say about the roofer. As they say, word of mouth is crucial. Big lumber yards and hardware stores are dependable sources for leads as well.
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Homework

Do some research as soon as you have identified a contractor you think you want to hire. Check their email, phone number and business address. Make sure that that the roofer you choose is insured and licensed. Know how long your prospective roofer has been in business. If they have a blog or website, explore it and look for images of previous work. Don’t forget to check with your local Better Business Bureau to determine if your prospect has been the subject of any customer complaints, and if so, how these were resolved.

Personal Interview

Have each roofing contractor on your list visit your home and talk about the amount of work to be done and what materials should be used. Observe how professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable the roofer sounds with regard to your project.

Contract

Do not allow work to begin until you have a contract that includes every single aspect of the job, from materials to workmanship and product guarantees and warranties and so on. This document should be clear on such points as safety procedures, compensation, start and end dates, liability and even cleanup methods.

Price

Do not go with the cheapest offer in the name of saving cash. As you likely know, your roof is a considerable investment. Cost is simply be amortized within the roof’s lifetime. That said, yo should decide based solely on value for money. As many have found, cheap can turn out to be expensive in the long run.

Reviews

This only applies to those who are looking for roofing contractors on the Internet. Check people’s reviews of the contractor you’re eying. Any legit issue raised against the roofer you’d like to hire should provide a reason for you to change your mind. However, make sure you stick to independent consumer websites to ensure that you are reading objective and authentic testimonials. Many websites these days publish fake news to either get more clients for a roofer or drive away potential clients from competitors.