There are many factors to consider before choosing a roofing and siding contractor to perform work on your home. When you first begin your search for a good roofing and siding contractor, the most important thing you can do is research. It isn’t enough to have a list of potential roofers or siding contractors whom you think may be able to perform the work within your budget.
Doing research on a roofing and siding company will give you a sense of how they perform and how their work holds up in the long run. Don’t rely on testimonials that are found in their advertisements or on their website. If possible, find a homeowner who has hired them for a similar roofing or siding project on their home. Talk to the homeowner and ask specific questions about their work. Was the job completed on time? Did they have to come back for repairs? Did the contractor give a correct estimate and not surprise the homeowner with added expenses during the project?
You may want to check with your neighbors or walk around your neighborhood to see what types of roofs they have and whether or not they have had work done on their homes recently. Your neighborhood is a great place to start your research on roofing and siding contractors because you can get great recommendations from people you trust and you know that the contractor has no problem getting materials to your area. Roofing and siding companies who are nearby will end up costing less because the distance they have to transport the materials will be less.
Another thing you will need to consider before contacting a roofing and siding contractor is what type of roofing shingles or siding you want installed. Having an idea of what you want will help you narrow down your list of contractors, as some may not have experience installing a certain type of shingle or siding. Take into account the architecture of your home. For traditional, classic homes, you may want to install a roof that is similar to the original look of the home. The same goes for siding and replacement windows. If you are trying to preserve the classic look of your home, choose materials that offer modern protection and convenience with a traditional look and feel. It is also important to remember that modern materials can mimic the look of natural wood while offering the unbeatable protection of vinyl or fiber cement. Whichever siding or roofing material you choose, it is important to find a contractor who has experience installing it.
Finally, get in touch with the contractor and have him provide you with a written, detailed estimate with all projected costs clearly defined. Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured. If you trust your friends and neighbors who recommend the company, you should have no problem trusting the contractor to perform quality roofing and siding work.