Finding the Right Roofers

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This is where the fear will begin. Roofs are pricey (because it’s tough to get enthusiastic for investing so much money on home renovations we won’t be able to show off to our friends and family), and we’ve all read horror reports of poor contractor encounters.

Fortunately, with a little guidance, you’ll be able to choose the right roofer for the job, and your new roof will be installed easily and at a reasonable cost.

The First Steps

The first move is to compile a list of potential roofers. Asking friends and family for recommendations is a good way to begin. This recommendation should come from someone who has consulted with a roofer, not just someone who knows one. Ask for specifics…how was the job, was it completed on time, on schedule, and did the price seem competitive? Happy buyers are still keen to share their good experience, so ask for specifics…how was the work, was it completed on time, was it completed on budget, and did the price seem competitive?

Websites (not technically advertising websites like Craigslist.org, but more sites that consumers rate and approve, such as AngiesList.com), other contractors you might have dealt with before, and the yellow pages are also good places to look for roofers.

I’d be wary of short-term advertisements, whether online or in local papers.

Dealing with an unknown roofer who intends to stay for at least the year they would agree to with the yellow pages is preferable.

So, you should have a short list of possible applicants by now. It’s always good to have at least 2-3 bids to pick from, because it would almost certainly necessitate approaching at least 4-6 contractors, so start calling and scheduling bid appointments.

Meeting with the Roofing Contractors

You’ll have a clear sense of how the job will go before the roofer arrives. Few people will not be able to make it; mark them off the list and do not attempt to reschedule. Some roofer may be late, which is a good sign that he doesn’t value your time and will most likely be late on your work as well. If you ignore this early warning, you’ll come to regret it later.