It’s the start of the year¾an ideal time to make some improvements on your home. If your focus is on your roof and you are considering getting a new roof installed, or having your old roof replaced or repaired, , then the first thing you need is a reliable contractor to do the job. Let me guide you on how to choose the right roofer by listing down the qualities you should be looking for and checking whether the roofer you have in mind to hire possesses them.
License and Insurance Coverage
This should be a non-negotiable when looking for a roofing company. Roofing companies should have a working license and full insurance coverage, including liability insurance and workers’ compensation.
You also have to ensure that the roofer you hire is licensed to operate in your area. There are many companies that have licenses issued in states other than yours. While not all of them are “storm-chasers,” i.e., fly-by-night roofers who dupe homeowners into contracting their services, then end up absconding with the money without completing the project. They’re notorious for offering their services in areas recently hit by storms, thus the name.
Look for a roofing contractor with extensive experience, preferably at least five to ten years’ worth. The longer they have been in business, the better. As roofers take in more jobs, the more familiar and at ease they get to be with the services they offer. This also means that when they encounter any issues while working on your roof, chances are they have already experienced it in their previous projects and already know the solutions.
While it is essential that you check the company’s experience, you should look at the experience of the technicians they employ as well. Find out how much and what kind of training they have undergone, and how many projects they’ve actually helped complete.
How’s the quality of work provided? What about the materials used to install, repair, or replace roofing systems? Check whether they invest in their crew by having them undergo regular training. Do they use advanced roofing techniques? Are their tools and equipment state-of-the-art and well-maintained?
Manufacturers’ Warranties and Certifications
The quality of the roofing materials is one thing, but without the proper certifications from product manufacturers, you have no way of knowing whether or not the roofing company you’ve picked has the skills and training to properly install the products you’ve selected for your home. This also means that any damage or issues with the products that are covered by the warranty can immediately be addressed by the manufacturer.
The ability to communicate well with homeowners is a vital quality that every roofer should have. A good company knows how to update its clients regularly and on schedule. This means keeping you in the loop at all times, especially when there are new developments about your project. You can ask for referrals from previous clients, to see whether or not they do a good job of communicating with their clients.
Now that you know what to look for in a roofing company, you are better equipped to make the right decision when determining and choosing who’s likely to be the best roofer to hire for your project.
Jason Bradley, President of Crown Roofing, counts on integrity, honesty and quality as the traits clients expect and deserve from a business that was founded in 1902. Their customers have come to rely on Crown Roofing for the kind of quality work – and experience – that makes the roofing process a pleasure.