There are many roofing companies that want your business for your roofing project. This makes choosing one a difficult task. There is always apprehension to invite “salespeople” into your home. With so much competition many of them will resort to pressure.
Research the Roofing Contractor’s Credibility
This should involve the following:
- Experience and company history
- Referrals and recommendations
- Reviews and testimonials
- Warranties and guarantees
Each item can be investigated without having to call the roofing company or making appointments for an evaluation or sales presentation. You can find out a lot about a company before contacting them to be sure you even want to work with them.
Experience and Company History
Your roof needs to last you decades. You don’t want to hire a roofer that won’t be in business to stand behind their work. You want to make sure you hire someone with experience.
Referrals and Recommendations
You most likely know someone who has replaced or repaired their roof. Ask them about the experience they had and how satisfied they are. If you live in an area with very many other homes, you’ll see roofing projects happening around you.
Reviews and Testimonials
The review process can be very reliable. There are independent third parties like Google, BBB, Home Advisor, Angie’s List, Yelp, and others that are more difficult to manipulate. These review sites are not perfect and they get occasional press to demonstrate that, but you can still find out a lot about roofing companies this way. Fake reviews tend to be just a bit off and your intuition is amazingly accurate and you should not ignore it. Reputable roofing companies will have a strong review presence online.
Warranties and Guarantees
Any reputable roofing company will guarantee their work. This should be a MUST on your screening list.
Talk to Several Contractors
You should talk to several roofing companies so you can gauge an honest and reasonable price range. Interview at least three professionals before you make a decision. Compare the bids, but remember that price is just one part of the project. Be wary of any remarkably low or excessively high bids. You probably don’t want to make your decision on a couple of hundred dollars for a project that costs several thousand dollars.
Never Pay the Entire Balance Upfront
To prevent scammers from getting your money, don’t pay the entire balance of your new roof upfront. This goes for all large projects. If your contractor requires this of you, don’t sign the contract. It’s a common and accepted practice for pros to ask for a payment schedule that parallels the work, or a good faith deposit of 10% or less.
Roof Replacements and Maintenance With First Out Roofing
Whether you need to replace an old roof or have maintenance or repairs done on your brand new roof, you deserve to have the job done by a reliable roofing company. First Out Roofing offers great roofing services at prices you can afford, but that’s not all we can do. Our team also handles leak repairs, decking, windows and doors, and even home remodeling. For more information or a free quote on our top-notch services, call or visit our website today!