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How to Choose a Reputable Roofer

Spring reminds of traditions of planting and cleaning, but it is also a good time to plan on reroofing your home. Certainly, hiring the right roofer is typically a taxing act that needs research and discernment. It’s way beyond fancy ads or enticing offers. There are vital considerations that ought to be made when seeking a reputable roofer.

The following are five steps to a smart decision:

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Begin by talking to people you know. Have any of your coworkers, friends or neighbors had their roof repaired or replaced? Were they impressed with the outcome? Would they probably use the contractor again in the future? Find out what they can say about the roofer they hired. As they say, word of mouth counts. Big lumber yards and hardware stores are dependable sources for leads as well.
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Homework

Do a little sleuthing when you identify a contractor you thing you might hire. Check their email, phone number and business address. Be sure that that the roofer you plan to hire is licensed and adequately insured. Check out how long the roofing contractor has been in this industry. If they have a website or blog, take a look at it and search for photos of past work. Finally, check with your local Better Business Bureau to know if your prospect has been the subject of any consumer complaints, and if so, the manner in which these were resolved.

Personal Interview

Ask each roofing contractor on your list to come and visit your home and discuss the materials that will be used and the amount of work to be done. As you do so, see if the contractor sounds knowledgeable, professional and enthusiastic about your project.

Contract

Do not let work start unless you have a contract that covers all aspects of the job, including materials, product and workmanship warranties and guarantees, etc. Be sure that the contract is crystal on such matters as safety procedures, liability, start and end dates, compensation and even cleanup methods.

Price

Do not pick the cheapest bid just because you want to save money. As you might already know, your roof is a huge investment. Cost is simply be amortized within the roof’s lifetime. That said, your final decision should be based on nothing but value for money. As most people have experienced, cheap can become expensive in the long run.

Reviews

This applies only to those looking for roofers online. 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. There are a lot of websites these days that publish fake news to either promote a particular contractor or damage the reputation of their competitors.


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