If you need to have work completed on the roof of your property, it is best to find a suitably qualified professional to carry out the work, rather than taking it on yourself. It can be a little intimidating and confusing trying to choose from a list of roofing contractors, all claiming to be the best in business. To help you work it out, if this is the situation you find yourself in, we have put together a list of tips to choose the best for the job.
Make Sure They Have Insurance
It is important, first and foremost to ensure they liability and compensation insurance. Rather than just taking their word for it, ask to see their certificates and you should call through to their insurance carrier to make sure their policies are still valid. This makes sure all the bids are based on a level playing field, as you know they are all part of the costs of having your roofing work completed and the services provided to you are fully covered by the insurance.
Always Pick a Locally Based Contractor
Always ensure that you choose a local roofing contractor. Making sure they don’t just operate locally but are a fully established company and have a sterling reputation within the local community.
There have been instances when customers have chosen to hire a specific company and paid some money to have the roof installed, only to find that the company has vanished, moved or closed. So, make sure they have a physical property and you have an address, phone number and you should even consider visiting it in person too.
Don’t Base Your Decision on Price Alone
Price should never be the main deciding factor. Low prices may seem attractive, but it is often case that you get what you pay for, which is not as high quality as you really need. Instead, assess what the going rates are for the work carried out on roofs in your area, and don’t be misled by any that are far too low.
Get Everything Fully Documented in Writing
You need to remember that any quotes, any arrangements for work and anything else decided upon between you and the roofing contractor are documented fully in writing. This is crucial because written agreements have more legal sway than those made verbally.
Communication is Very Important, Above All Else
It is important that you choose a roofing contractor that communicates well. Are they easy to contact and do they return any calls you make to them without any hassle? When you asked them for documentation, were they quick to send it out or did you have to keep pestering them? If they are not very communicative, then you need to be cautious about pursuing any work with them, as they are unlikely to change their tact just because you agree to their quote.
There are many more considerations you need to make, but the five above will help you greatly.