Finding a Roofing Contractor
There are plenty of ways to begin your search for the roofing contractor who satisfies your individual needs. Referrals are clearly the best source of names of reliable companies. Ask friends and relatives whom they have hired before.
Check with your local Chamber of Commerce about contractors who are known in your community. Local trade associations, state and local licensing authorities, the Better Business Bureau, and your phone book’s yellow pages are also good sources of information, not to mention local suppliers of construction products.
Here are things to consider before hiring a roofing contractor:
The best way to assure that your new roof will not leak and be long-lasting is to pick a quality shingle product, and to ensure that the shingles are installed right – good workmanship is what makes a roof shed water.
Don’t hesitate to buy a quality shingle product from a top manufacturer, no matter if it may cost more, but that’s not where it ends. Wrong installation will make even the highest quality shingle wrong for you. The primary sources of asphalt shingle roofing installation standards include the National Roofing Contractors Association (NCRA) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association (ARMA). Roofing products are also measured according to ASTM standards.
Roofer’s Reputation and Experience
Before you hire ANY roofing contractor, check with your local consumer affairs office and read online reviews from local customers.
Shingle Installation Supervision
You need to be sure that the people will actually do as they are supposed to, or are at least supervised from day to day by a pro. Many roofers have salesmen or prime contractors who only sell the job but send unskilled workers to set up the roof with minimal or zero expert supervision.
Before you commit to a roofer, ensure that you discuss regular roof inspections, the condition of your under-roof or attic ventilation, any irregularities on your roof, and how to deal with them.
After coming up with a list of contractor prospects, take time assessing each of them meticulously. A good contractor will be glad to give any information you may need, such as:
> business name and address
> licensing/bonding/insurance (ask for proof)
> professional and credit references
In summary, you should hire a roofing contractor who has mastered good roofing practices and roof flashing details, the ways to handle problem spots on building roofs, and alternative products that cover roofs such as shingle colors, grades and types, low slope roofing, and the others.
A good roofer will give you with smart advice regarding products, explanation of procedures, and, most importantly, solid results. It’s a challenge to determine the real capabilities of a contractor, but with a bit of research, some planning and tons of common sense, it will get easier.