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Tips for Hiring a Good Roofing Contractor

If you’ve been researching having your roof repaired or having a total re-roofing, you may have become overwhelmed with the amount of roofing contractors that are available for hire. How do you choose the right one for your roofing job without blowing your budget? Here are some tips for finding the right roofing contractor for you:

Ask questions. This is by far the most important thing you can do to ensure the roofer is competent and experienced. If you’re deciding between three or four different roofing contractors, the questions you ask them and how they each answer could be the determining factor on whether or not you hire them for the job. Research what it takes to perform a re-roofing or a roofing repair job and ask them about their technique. A good roofing contractor should have no problem explaining in detail how they plan on performing the work. Also be sure to ask if they are licensed and insured. And don’t hesitate to ask for proof. A reputable contractor will be able to show you those documents.

Also ask about the actual workers who will be performing the majority of the roofing. Make sure they, too, are experienced and have had a background check done by the roofing company.

Research the roofing company’s standing in the community. A great way to start is by searching their name on the Better Business Bureau website. Look for their rating and find out if there are any current or former complaints against them and what the nature of the complaints are. If possible, ask the contractor for references so you can see first hand the work they’ve done for others and talk to former clients who can vouch for their work.

There are certain traits and abilities you should look for in a roofing contractor. When a good roofer comes to your house for the beginning of the job, he should measure the attic and check the vents to see if it matches current building code. A professional roofer will follow the specifications of whichever product you choose to have installed on your roof. Because there are many different roofing products available to you, you will need to make sure your roofer is comfortable and experienced with the material you choose. Also be certain that the roofing contractor is comfortable with working around any custom architecture or skylights you may have.

Get an estimate on how long the job should take and what the roofing project entails. Depending on your situation, you may need an entire re-roofing, which could take a while. If you just to repair or patch a leaky spot, the job could be considerable shorter. Once the job has started, make sure the workers stay on task and are completing the work within the estimated time frame.

When a roofing job is done correctly, you should have no issues with your roof for many years afterward. Choosing the right roofing contractor will ensure that the job is done right.

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