If you need the service of a roofing contractor either to help you replace your old roof or to help you install a new one in your new house, it is essential that you choose the right contractor. Choosing the wrong contractor will not only waste your time, but it may also make you waste your money and other valuable resources. That is why you need to get it right when you want to hire roofing contractors. Now, how do you choose rightly? Consider the tips below:
Read Their Reviews
You should go online to read the reviews of the contractor you want to deal with. By doing that, you’ll be indirectly meeting their previous and existing customers and hearing their opinion about the contractor. If while going through the review section, you found a lot of negative comments outnumbering the positive ones, you may want to look the other way and find another contractor. A good contractor will have many positive reviews. People will say positive things about their experience in dealing with them. In fact, some well-established contractors that care for their customers and their image will respond to the few negative comments they find in their review section. If you find such contractors, there’s a likelihood that they’ll serve you well, hence, you may want to trust them with your roof installation. You also should not be mistaken in this regard. You should be skeptical about any roofing company with only positive reviews and a five-star rating. The fact is, if a roofing contractor performs thousands of roofing jobs a year, it is not very possible that all their customers will be satisfied. Therefore, if a contractor has pure positive reviews, it may be an indication that they don’t handle a lot of roofing jobs. You can trust only the companies with a lot of reviews including both positive and negative but the positive should outnumber the negative.
If you finally pick out a contractor you think you can trust to serve you well, you should endeavor to ask them certain questions to cement your trust in them. You should ask them what they’ll do if you’re unsatisfied with their work. No one knows it all, and even the best of contractors can make errors sometimes. So, you really want to clarify things before you finally decide to deal with them. What some contractors do is that they will only get part payment of their money before working and will get the rest when you’re satisfied with the service they render. You can trust such a contractor to serve you right. You should also ask who will be performing the installation. Some roofing contractors use the bait and switch tactics. When you seek their service, they may hire a third-party independent contractor to perform your installation. Remember that all your research is about the contractor you’re dealing with and not the other independent contractor. If you find a contractor that uses this approach, you may want to reconsider your options and look for another reliable contractor. This is important because you can’t really say if the third-party contractor will serve you well or not. Also, with a third-party contractor, there’s a probability that the manufacturer of the roofing material will void the warranty they place on the materials.
You must note that an expensive estimate does not necessarily mean you will be getting a high-quality service. It is, therefore, important that you hire a contractor whose charges are neither too low nor too high. You may be wondering why it’s not advisable to hire a contractor with a very low estimate. This is because some contractors may beat down the quality of the material they want to use if they don’t want to lose the contract and know very well that you’re looking for the cheapest price. If you find a contractor whose price is neither too high nor too low, you may want to consider hiring such a contractor.
Experienced is Key
You really don’t want the roofing of your house to be handled by an inexperienced contractor. If the contractors working on the installation are not professional enough, they may cause damages during the process. That is why sometimes after roofing, some houses experience roof leaks when it rains. The roofs of some are easily blown away when there’s a slight wind. You don’t want to fall into such a trap. You should find out about the experience of the contractor you’re about to deal with. Ask them how long they’ve been in the business and what is the biggest contract they’ve handled so far.
These simple tips will help you to choose the right roofing contractor.