As you are scouring the Internet for a roofing contractor, bear in mind that there are substantial differences in service, quality and business practices between companies. This is likely the case in most services, trades and industries. However, if you want a sound roof over your head, you must find a sound and reputable contractor. Here’s how.
License and Insurance, Please
This question may seem to state the obvious, but it can’t be stressed enough. Only work with a roofing contractor that is licensed and fully insured. If an injury or property damage occurs related to the roofing job, you are going to foot the bill and may be liable for injuries if your roofing company isn’t insured.
Ask your contractor for proof of worker’s compensation and liability insurances. Call the insurance companies to confirm the policies are up to date.
Experience and Expertise
Look for roofing contractors with a long track record. Experience counts in this industry. Also, your contractor should be certified in order to honor roofing material warranties.
For many homes, a roof repair or replacement is just as much an art as it is a craft. As you are comparing bids, look at the expertise each contractor brings to the table. Do you need specialty work, such as metal or tile roofing? Work with someone that will do the job right the first time, and be around year after year for your assurance and warranty coverage.
Check References and Testimonials
If you are working with a quality roofing company, they will certainly want to show off their work! Ask for references and testimonials of recent work and of work similar to what you need done. No references? No hire.
The Fine Print
In addition to receiving an itemized written estimate before hammers swing, there are other nuances involved when replacing or installing a new roof.
- Make sure your old roof is completely removed and not just shingled over.
- Ask for a specific person you may contact.
- If this is an insurance claim job, work with a roofing contractor experienced dealing with insurance companies.
If you need a roof repair, inspection or roof replacement, call a roofing contractor with the experience and expertise you expect for your investment. To learn more, contact the professionals at Quality Roofing today. We’ve served homeowners in the Austin and Hill Country areas for 25 years and counting!