If you’re like most of us out there, choosing a roofing contractor is simply not something you ever considered or thought about until you needed one. Then, you type ‘Best Roofer Near Me’ or ‘Best Roofing Company Near Me’ into Google and see what pops up. Or, perhaps you jump on Facebook or Nextdoor and ask if anyone has a recommendation.
The fact is, roofing is a specialized trade that most of us know nothing about. And, replacing your roof requires working with a trained crew who is familiar with – and in compliance with – local and state building codes, a supply company specializing in roofing products, and in most cases, insurance adjusters.
It’s a whole different world and can be quite intimidating, especially when you consider what an important part of your home your roof actually is.
Your roof is the first line of defense against the elements, protecting everything within your home. Yes, it can become overwhelming very quickly. And, it can be tempting to just go with the first company that shows up at your door. However, it’s important that you ask a few questions BEFORE selecting the best roofing contractor for you.
Knowing the answers to these 5 questions can prevent potential heartache and frustration down the road if you ever need a repair.
1: Have They Built a Reputation in Your Community?
Everyone has to start somewhere, but, when it comes to protecting your home or business with a new roof, you want a company that has been around for at least 5 years and has a good reputation. Check reviews on Google, Facebook and Nextdoor.
- You want someone who has a reputation for great work and great service in your area.
- You want a company who rates highly with your friends and neighbors.
- You want a roofer who will still be around after the work is completed.
- You want someone local.
2: Are They Properly Licensed & Insured?
Don’t be afraid to ask. Would you go to a doctor that didn’t have a medical license and insurance? No, you would not. It is important that you select a roofing contractor who is not only covered for liability, should anything happen during the project, but one who is also licensed in your area. A properly licensed roofing contractor is in compliance and familiar with your local and state building codes. Just in Colorado alone, there are different codes for each municipality, such as Denver, Boulder, Lafayette, Erie, Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Aurora. And each municipality has their own specifications. These codes change regularly and if you are not in compliance, your roof will not pass inspection.
3: Is There a Workmanship Warranty?
Is your roofing contractor going to be there for you when:
- The wind tears off a shingle?
- A small leak occurs after a heavy snow?
- When you notice any problems after the work is completed?
Make certain your roofing contractor guarantees their work. If they are not willing to take care of you after the project is completed, they should not be trusted with the responsibility of replacing your roof in the first place.
4: Will They Give You A Written Estimate?
Before you commit to selecting a roofing contractor, get a written estimate. This will ensure that you are both on the same page as to the scope of work being performed, and projected cost for the labor and materials necessary to complete the project. We all have conversations we are certain we will remember verbatim, only to forget ten minutes later. Get it in writing.
5: Do They Put Their Clients First?
A roofing contractor should be your advocate when dealing with insurance companies and any subcontractors that may be necessary to complete your project, before, during, and after. Make sure you select a company that has your best needs at heart. Just because you had a storm or have a leak does not mean you require a new roof. Choose someone who is honest, respectful, professional, and truly offering the most sensible solution to your needs. This goes beyond signing a contract. It extends to:
- Making sure the job site is clean after the project is completed.
- Making sure your landscape has not been damaged.
- Making sure your neighbors are not inconvenienced.
- Making you feel that your project manager will be there for you over the long haul.
Hopefully, this helps ease the stress of shopping for the best roofing company for your project. If you have questions about the health of your roof, feel free to Contact Scott’s Roofing for a courtesy inspection! We are your Commercial and Residential Colorado Roofing Specialists!