When it comes time to re-roof your home one of the first things you will face is choosing the right roofing contractor. The choices can be overwhelming. Google reviews are a good source for information. You will often find that several roofers will have good reviews, leaving you with a tough choice ahead. We will try to walk through some points that might help you make the right choice for you!
The most important part of choosing a contractor to work on your home is choosing someone who makes you feel comfortable. You want a roofing contractor that is approachable. You will likely have questions and you don’t want to be faced with communicating with some one who is difficult to talk to. You also want to be sure you chose a roofer that is knowledgeable. You will have questions regarding the process and materials, You want to be sure your contractor is can answer those questions with confidence. First impressions go a long ways to letting you know if you will be comfortable with a roofer!
One of the biggest points of any project is HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? You can often weed out some of the contractors just by looking at the pricing. All roofers should be within 8% of the center line price. For instance if you get 5 quotes and the middle quote is 5000.00, You may see one that is 4750.00 and one that is 5250.00, anything outside of that 500.00 variance is likely priced using a different quality or something has been left out. This is a good way to narrow down the list of roofing contractors you are looking at.
Some roofers offer a particular brand of shingles only. This is often due to manufacturer rebates offered based on the sales of a particular brand. You need to be sure the brand being offered has the shingle you like best available. Most shingle manufacturers offer competitive warranties and are very similar in quality. Consumers often want to know “what is the best shingle”. There is no real answer to that question, it is dependent on your geographical location, the pitch of your roof, the tree cover around your home, and a number of other contributing factors. This is where your choice to hire a knowledgeable contractor that is easy to talk to will serve you well.
A local roofer will always be the best choice and here is why. National roofing contractors will assemble teams to follow weather patterns. Some of these type roofers do not ever set up a permanent location but move every 2 to 3 months. This wont make any difference until you have an issue with your roof 8 months after its been installed. We make repairs on roofs every week in Columbia and Lexington where the homeowner ask if we know how to get in touch with the “guys” that did their roof. Unfortunately the answer is often no. Do your homework. Visit your roofers website, check their residence and make sure the owner lives in your area. This will ensure that they are around when you need them.