When hiring the services of roofing repair companies or a professional one-man roofer you have a lot of things to consider. The United States isn’t short of roofers but while more choice is certainly a good thing it can make narrowing down your options difficult. So, how do you best decide which roofing contractor to hire then? The best way to ensure you work with a roofer or roofing company that is a good match for your needs is to take your time when choosing one. Don’t rush into things without doing your research first.
But what should you be looking for exactly? Well, there is a lot of things to consider when choosing a roofing contractor so the best way to approach your research is to follow the helpful list I’ve laid out below. It will take you through the main categories you need to consider when hiring a roofer for any kind of work.
Experience and Training
Let’s start with what most people would argue is the most important thing to consider, shall we? If you are getting work done on your roof then you will want to ensure the person doing the work is experienced enough to not only do a good job but also ensure they follow the proper safety procedures as well. Training is the perfect partner to experience and ideally, any roofer you choose should be both highly trained and experienced. Now clearly every roofer has to start somewhere but be mindful of hiring a roofer who hasn’t had much experience. They should at least be working with a more experienced partner.
The location might not seem like a particularly important thing when choosing a roofer after all if they agree to come to your home or business to do the work then does it really matter? While that thinking is understandable the location is more important than you might think.
First of all, if a roofer is coming from further away they might charge you more not every roofer will do this but it’s not overly uncommon to see additional travel expenses especially if the roofer will have to do the job in numerous visits. Secondly, a closer more local roofer can be a better option because you will be able to check up on their references more easily.
Speaking of references you should ask for them, don’t be embarrassed to ask it is a normal part of the hiring process. Now if a roofer or roofing company won’t provide you with any references then you should be very hesitant to hire them. The only exception to this rule is if the roofer you are hiring is brand new and just starting out. But even then you should ask for a portfolio of their work and they should at least have some professional references to offer even if it’s just to say they have been trained. You should also ask to see proof of insurance and certificates as well.