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Tips for Finding a Good Roofer

One of your first defenses against the elements is the roof above your head. By keeping this roof in perfect shape, you help protect and extend the life of your home and raise its market value should you decide to sell it.

Of course, when hiring any service professional to work on your home, you want to make sure that they are qualified for the job. This becomes particularly important if you’re in search of a roofing contractor.

In order to save time with your research, you can simply ask your friends, relatives or neighbors for recommendations. If you recently purchased your home, you can also call your realtor and ask for some leads. Or just check online, but make sure to stick to reputable online directories and review websites to find worthwhile prospects. It’s a fact that not all places on the web are trustworthy, so you should stick to established and reputable resources.

You will find it wise to have at least two or three prospective roofers instead of just checking out just one. Options allow you to compare and see which one is actually the best for your needs. You obviously have to give them exactly the same job specs, or those comparisons would be futile.

Licensing

This is essential. The government issues licenses to roofers who have satisfied certain requirements, including bonding, insurance and many others. If you hire a licensed roofer, you will have protection against damage or injury, or in litigation (if necessary).

Subcontractors

Before you decide to hire a roofer, know whether they subcontract for certain parts of the project. If they do, take time to research the background of the subcontracted company as well.

Warranties

A warranty on both parts and workmanship will give you peace of mind. If a contractor you’re considering will not provide it, skip over to your next prospect. Never hire a service professional who cannot stand by his own work.

Initial Meeting

Make time to do a quick interview with your prospects, even for a few minutes. Their credentials or qualifications can always be researched outside. But a personal interview will give you a feel for them as professionals and as people you are considering working with.

Price

lastly, while it’s usually tempting to pick the lowest bidder, keep in mind that experience and skill come with a price. So in most cases, a good job comes with a higher price. At the same time, the most expensive roofer is not automatically the best either. This is one of the reasons you have to consider several prospects. After all, you need a point of reference to know whether a roofer is indeed the best for you.

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