Choosing the right roofing company is like choosing the right house or car. If the wrong company is chosen, difficulties and issues can arise. Quality and reliability are the two primary factors to look for. It is also important to find a contractor that knows the area and how the climate and environment treats roofing.
Finding a Good Roofing Company
Word of mouth has been and will likely always be the best way to find the best roofing companies in the area. Be sure to ask about the quality of work, the cost, how long it took to finish and any other information friends and neighbors can provide.
The internet is full of information on roofing companies. Use it to first identify a few that appear promising. Next, check out their websites to see exactly which services they offer (not all companies will be able to do the work needed), check out customer reviews and testimonials and check out pictures of past work. Next, take the names of these companies to a search engine to get more reviews and information. Make sure to read more than a dozen reviews because only a handful will not tell the whole story. Also keep in mind that one or two bad reviews are inevitable because some customers just cannot be satisfied. Lastly, plug in the companies on the Better Business Bureau website to make sure that the companies have a good rating.
Ask around at hardware and home stores for information on companies that the employees are familiar with. Local companies often shop locally, so these types of stores should have some information on the best and worst roofing companies in the area.
Be sure to collect information on at least three companies before getting quotes and proposals so that all three can be compared. Once compared, choose the one that best fits the needs of the house and customer.
Evaluating the Company: There are a few things that will tell a person that the company they are looking at is probably a good one. Of course, there are always exceptions, but if the company has the following, there is a really good chance that their work is great and their company is reliable and reputable. All quality and reliable roofing companies can provide:
- References from other local customers
- Roofing credentials
- General liability insurance
- Written labor warranties
- Business license
- Workers' compensation insurance
- Written manufacturer warranties