Roofing Replacement: 7 Tips for Hiring the Right Contractor
Roof replacement is one of the biggest home improvement investments a homeowner will ever make. Replacing a roof is a costly project you want done right, so finding a skilled contractor at a fair price should be your top priority.
Researching local contractors may take some time and effort, but as you evaluate your choices you’ll soon narrow the list down to few contractors whom you can ask for comparable estimates in order to make a final decision.
It’s important to know what to look for in a roofer–and what questions to ask. And today, we have some guidelines to help you down that process.
7 Tips for Hiring the Right Roofing Contractor
Here are 7 tips for finding the best contractor for your roofing project.
- Make sure your roofing contractor is licensed by your state.
- Check if they carry adequate roofing insurance. Ask about both indemnity (liability) and worker’s insurance, noting the coverage end dates.
- Check the length and types of warranties they provide. Both materials and workmanship warranties can vary greatly, and some roofers offer comprehensive systems warranties as well. A minimum warranty of one year is standard for the roofer’s labor, but many roofers offer longer warranties.
- Request personal references. An experienced roofer should be able to provide multiple local references. Checking online review sites such as Yelp or Google Places is also a good idea to complete your due diligence.
- Ask who will do the actual work: do they have their own team or is there a subcontractor? Also ask if they pay piece work or hourly. An hourly worker is much more likely to take their time to make the roof look perfect, whereas the piece worker is motivated to finish as fast as possible.
- A comprehensive written estimate should detail the start/completion dates, materials to be used, cost, permits, workmanship guarantees, material guarantees and cleanup expectations. Getting multiple roofing estimates is key – only by comparing identical information you will know who is the best fit for the job and what the project is going to involve in terms of cost.
- Check specific qualifications. Some roofing manufacturers require certification and training in the installation of their products. Make sure that your roofing contractor has a proven experience in installing your particular roofing material. Bonus: trade organizations membership, and a good standing with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB).
If you are looking for a roofing contract in San Diego County call us today at 760-803-7534 for you free estimate.