Roofer – Prides himself in his work, and ensures each nail is contour to a roofing system.
Nailer – Great at nailing shingles, and loves to get the job over with.
We all know the importance of a quality product or service. Quality plays a role in all of our lives and dictates many of our decisions. From choosing a new car, to picking where we dine and recreate, that choice can be make a big difference in not only our daily lives, but our future’s as well. Hiring a reputable and trusted roofing contractor is no different, and a serious investment for any home or business owner. From bids and decisions, to qualifications and licensing, we’ll give you our, unbiased, step-by-step run down for choosing the right contractor for the job, and the importance of that decision.
- The process of finding a good roofing contractor can be painful, but if you find the right one, the process will be much less stressful. Start by doing some research into local roofing companies. We recommend getting 2-3 bids from reputable, researched contractors.
- Verify that the roofing contractor is legitimate and licensed. Look for things like a website, business address, email address, and a phone number.
- The internet has provided us with a host of tools for valuing businesses or reporting their bad behaviors. Check sources like the BBB (Better Business Bureau), Facebook, Yelp, and Google. Experience, recent jobs, and testimonies can be quite helpful and a sign of an active, established business. [BBB 970-484-1348]
- Be wary of “storm chasers”: a well-known type of roofing contractor who follows storms and weather patterns. Pick a local contractor, one who will be around long after the storm; one who truly values your business and maintaining a good reputation by following good industry practices.
- Verify the contractor has the proper licenses for your city and state, proof of insurance, and liability coverage.
- A good roofing contractor will be specialized or trained, with licenses or certifications, in the installation of the product(s) they install. This ensures proper installation of the roofing system, and that the product functions as designed. This also helps ensure the warranty conditions are met, and full coverage provided.
- Ask the contractor for a list of reference and past clients. There’s no better review then a first-hand opinion.
- Ask the contractor how many people will be working on the project and the estimated time it will take to complete the roof. Ask how it will be supervised and how your outside belongings will be protected.
- Ensure the work. Inquire about warranty information and its areas of coverage. Understanding the warranty and any possible exceptions or actions that may void it, can help you better choose your contractor and the products they offer. Most contractors also offer a workmanship warranty, to cover for any repairs or maintenance, should the need arise.
- Now you’ve done the hard part. You’ve researched a couple solid roofing contractors that you feel are fit to properly install a new roof on your home or business. The next step is to get a couple bids, choose a contractor and product, and let the contractor take over.
- Finances aren’t typically a fun topic, but they will play a role in your decision. Some are seeking an aesthetically appealing roof, others, a simple, or more functional roof. Obtaining bids will help you determine a fair price for the job, product, and type of work you’ll be paying for.
- Obtain a contract or detailed proposal from the Roofer that provides information on the length of the project, daily start and end times, materials needed, labor hours anticipated, safety procedures, and clean-up methods. Clarify any payment or payment schedule information.
- Remember, the lowest price may not always be the best choice. You want a properly installed, quality roof, which takes a skilled and experienced craftsman to install. The best shingle available can be installed improperly and fail within years, and the worst shingle installed properly and last a decade. Hire a roofer, not a nailer!
- You’ve picked and signed with a Roofer and you’re ready watch the old roof go, and stick the new one on. At this point, you shouldn’t have to do much more then sit back and watch. Here are some tips on getting your property ready and ensuring the property was left as it was, with a quality new roof.
- Move any furniture that may be in the way of debris. There are a lot of materials that go into a roof, and even with caution, some material may find their way to the ground.
- Ask the contractor to cover porches and other outside belongings with a tarp or protective cover.
- After the roof is complete, start by ensuring there were no issues or problems, and if so, how they were addressed. Ask the Roofer to do walk through with you if you plan to inspect the quality of the work. It is not recommended, but if you if you are going to get on your roof, do it with proper safety equipment and an experienced professional.
- Double check your driveway, potential paths of vehicles, and any areas accessible to children or pet for debris and nails that may have been missed during clean-up.
Hopefully this step-by-step guide can give you a better idea of what to look for when choosing a contractor. Remember to always read the fine print and do your research on any companies or products you buy or subscribe to, it can be the difference between hiring a roofer, and buying a nailer!