With so many roofing contractors out there, how do you go about selecting the right one? Here are some important rules to follow before you make the big investment on one of the most important parts of your home, the roof.
Does the company require upfront money? Stay away from anyone that might ask you to pay for the entire job before it is completed. A good company is financial stable and won’t need your money to keep their business running.
Don’t automatically go with the lowest bid. However, if all the bids are within about 20 percent, the low bid will probably be good. Compare the bids and what each company is offering. Be certain that there are no hidden costs in the contract.
The proposal should be in writing. When roofing contractors give estimates, they are not bids. An estimate is the best guess on what the work will cost. The bid is the fixed price to do the job.
A reputable business will warrant their work. The higher the warranty in years, the more you can trust that they stand behind their work. For example, if they give a one-year warranty, that’s likely saying they don’t feel confident about their work. A company that is willing to give a 5-10 year warranty means that they are proud of the work they do.
Be sure to get a completion date in writing, ask about the quality of materials used, and whether or not their employees are experienced. You’ll want the company you choose to use only the best products and use only the most skilled and experienced workers.
When all is said and done, you’ll expect to love your new roof; and not all roofing contractors will be able to do the job right, do it on time, and do it on budget. However, a company that is willing to answer every question you have, will be pleased to earn your business.