Unfortunately, roofers have a history of having shady reputations. Hiring an honest roof contractor takes some homework on your part. Before you settle for an inferior shingle job, take a look at the top things you need to consider before shelling out your hard-earned cash.
There are plenty of sheisty roofers out there and it’s easy to take the bait if they promise the earliest availability or present a more attractive estimate. The roof is one of the most important aspects of your home. Beware the dangers of hiring a novice by following this sage advice.
What to Look for When Hiring a Roofing Company
Finding a roofing contractor can be as simple as asking family, friends, work colleagues, or neighbors for a recommendation. If that fails, you can always reach out to reputable real estate agents in your area and ask who they refer clients to.
An impressive portfolio of work speaks for itself. View the roofer’s website or social pages for pictures of completed projects. You can also ask for the addresses of prior jobs and take a drive around town to analyze their work.
Reviews matter. The construction industry isn’t exactly difficult to break into. With some basic tools and a ladder, nearly anyone can “call” themselves a professional roofer. Review sites such as Angie’s List and Yelp will provide a glimpse into the dealings others have had with the roofing company, both positive and negative. While you can’t base your judgment solely on the opinion of another, consistent complaints or repeat mistakes will more than likely, be repeated. Consider all sources.
Verify License and ID
To ensure your roofer is legit ask for copies of their business license, tax ID, and verify their liability insurance coverage.
While there are plenty of roofers that find business from door-to-door sales, beware the roofers that “storm chase” and travel state to state operating fly by night operations. Typically, roofing scammers will perform shoddy work and be long gone before you have a chance to discover it. It’s always best to work with a locally established roofing company with a physical business address.
While most general contractors have the skill to nail down some shingles, experience is still the best teacher. Look for a roofing company that has run a solid business for at least five years to ensure you’re not dealing with a novice. You don’t want a general laborer hopping around on your rooftop with zero knowledge on how to address the basics of a roofing system.
Your roofer should be consistent from the beginning to the end of your project. This means showing up on time each day, removing debris and trash after the workday, and keeping you informed on the project status. Firm up all these small details prior to signing any contracts to ensure the scope of work and communication stay consistent from beginning to end.
Heritage Construction is Committed to Your Roof for Life
If you’re ready to take the first step in hiring an honest and reputable roofer, you’ve come to the right place. With over 30 years of combined industry experience, Heritage knows roofs, and we know them well.
Established throughout the great state of Texas, we are thoughtful leaders in storm-related roof damage and home restoration. Contact Heritage today for a free roof inspection. We’re proud of our work and we’re committed for life. (We don’t fly by night!)