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How To Hire A Roofing Contractor You Can Trust

Whether your roof was damaged by a natural disaster such as a tornado, hurricane or thunderstorm or it just needs to be replaced because it’s old, you need to be sure that the professional roofing company you hire is trustworthy and has a good reputation. It’s very important to take your time when looking for a roofing company because your roof is your home’s first line of defense from the elements.

Here are some helpful tips that can ensure that the people you hire to fix or replace your roof will get the job done well, on time and at the price you agreed on.

Obtain Recommendations

The easiest way to find a good roofer to call is to ask co-workers, neighbors and friends if they could recommend a contractor to hire. A good local roofer will be one that many home and business owners would be glad to recommend. If someone you know gives you the name of a contractor, ask them if they were happy with the work done. Also ask if the work was done on time, neatly and at the agreed-upon cost. If you’re satisfied with the answers you get, check the roofing company’s website to find out a bit more info. Does the contractor provide free estimates? What payment methods are accepted? Does the company do all the work themselves or do the sub-contract out?

Speak with Several Roofers

You should not choose the first roofing company you run across as roofers are a dime a dozen and they do vary considerably in many ways. Instead, you should make a point of speaking to several roofers so you can see what price range the repair or replacement falls into. You should treat any extremely low or high bid as a red flag as all reputable local roofers will provide you costs that hover around the same price point. Another reason you should take time to speak to a few contractors is because this communication will help build rapport and trust with the roofing company you choose.

Go Over the Contract and Warranties with a Fine Tooth Comb

By now you should have made up your mind which contractor you want to hire. But before you rush to sign the contract, spend some time reading it over very carefully. The last thing you need is to find out later that you will be charged for something you weren’t aware of such as a transport fee for taking the old roofing materials way. A contractor for roof repair with a good reputation shouldn’t have any problem with you taking 24 hours to read over the contract.

If the contractor doesn’t want you to review the contract carefully, don’t hire that company as it’s probably a sign that they’re hiding something in fine print. As far as the warranty goes, you should be given at least 5 years on materials and workmanship. The roof itself should come with a 30 or 40 year warranty.

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