Repairing or replacing your home’s roof can be one of the most daunting home repair projects a homeowner can face. On the one hand, you’re probably not qualified to do the job yourself, so you’ll have to hire a professional roofing company to do it.
One of the most important things to do to find the best roofing company is to ask around for recommendations. Some of the best advice you will get will come from local friends and family. Here are some questions you should ask every potential roofing contractor:
Do you offer the services that are required to do the job that I need?
It’s not enough to assume that every roofing company can tackle every roofing job. Be specific about what you need (ideally by showing the roofer where the damage is) and ask whether the company feels they can handle the job. If you detect hesitation or get a vague answer, move on to another candidate.
Do you offer a free quote?
You should never have to pay for a quote or sign anything upfront to get a quote. Reputable companies will be confident enough in the quality of their work that they will happily provide you with a free quote.
What kind of warranty is offered on the job?
Do the warranty cover labor and product use? Get this information in writing, too.
When can you start the work?
If your roof is leaking, you need it fixed urgently. But what if the company you are considering does not have an opening in their work schedule for another six weeks? Be sure they can tackle the job on the timetable you require.
How long have you been in business?
It may be a good idea to do business with a company that has been established for a while rather than a new start-up.
By taking the time to ask for recommendations from people you trust and by asking the right questions, you should be able to find the best roofing company.