• Bob Schisler

How to Select a Roofing Contractor

When the time comes to replace or fix their roof, homeowners find it challenging to choose the right contractor to do the work. The roof requires a considerable investment, so they need to pick wisely to avoid any further issues and expenses in the future. In some cases, there is not enough time to decide because roof repairs might require quick action (for example, after a damaging storm). That’s why we are here to help with a few tips you should follow to end up choosing someone professional, honest, and trustworthy.

Look for an experienced contractor

The most important advantages that a roofing contractor can have are - experience and knowledge. The roofing contractor you choose should be familiar with all the ins and outs of the industry. (Though no one can top our 70+ years of experience!)

Look for a fair price

We understand that most people have a limited budget, but you definitely shouldn’t try to save up and hire the cheapest contractor. Make sure that the price they ask is fair enough and that they’re able to do all the necessary work properly. If you manage to find someone who charges reasonable prices, the funds you save can be put to good use. Talk to several contractors, get quotes, and see what they typically charge.

Look for insurance and licensing

Even though most states require contractors to be insured and licensed, many of them operate without them. If you hire an unqualified roofer, you will get no coverage for any damages or accidents that may happen on the project. Additionally, they might not be around if there’s a leak or problem with your roof in the future.

Job details – get them in writing

The job details include how long the job will take, what size crew they have, how much it will cost you, terms of payment, and when will it complete. You should be in control, and we suggest you not to pay the contractor fully until the work is done. Of course, you should make sure that you’re satisfied with the result.

Emergency services

When interviewing potential contractors, ask them if they provide emergency services. In case your roof breaks down after business hours, will they be able to come and help? Homeowners often don’t consider this option because they don’t think about potential emergencies. But a simple home improvement project can turn into a disaster if the work is poorly done. Knowing that they are available, 24/7 will make you feel safe.

Read before you sign the contract

Take your time to read the agreement, so you know what’s proposed in it. Signing a contract will legally bind you, and you want to see what you agree to. So, before you put your signature, go over the contract that your roofing contractor gave you, and in case you have any issues with it – voice them to the roofer.

These tips are quite helpful when you’re choosing a roofing contractor. Explore all your options and make sure that the contractor you choose is more than qualified to handle your project.

If you’re looking for a roofing contractor, give us a call! Experts at Shumaker Roofing have decades of experience, and we will provide you with fair quotes based on the complexity and scope of your project.

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