A new roof isn’t cheap. In fact, you can check out our recent post on how to estimate the cost of a new roof to get a better idea. A significant chunk of the cost isn’t just the roofing material, but also the skill and time of your roofing contractor to install it. And, just as you want a roofing material that’s durable and will last several decades at the least, you also need to select a reputable roofing contractor to ensure your roof is installed correctly. This will help prevent more headaches down the road.
We recommend you take some time reviewing the site whenever it comes time to replace your roof. However, we do want to mention a couple of the more important items that can’t be stated enough when determining who’s going to be in charge of one of your home’s most critical elements.
- Ask for a copy of their liability insurance: Installing a roof is serious business, and there’s good reason why it should only be done by professionals. It’s dangerous work, and for more legal reasons than we can think of without asking counsel, you need to make sure whoever gets on your roof is properly insured.
- Get a written proposal detailing cost and what needs to be done: This is a form of insurance in and of itself. This lets you know exactly what needs to be done, and has an agreed-upon price that ensures you and your roofing contractor are on the same page when it comes time to settle up.
- Check out the company’s Better Business Bureau rating: While sites like Yelp are becoming increasingly common to share reviews, the BBB is still one of the most reliable places to determine a business’s reputation. A couple minutes on the site could steer you clear of a contractor with a regrettable track record.
- Don’t choose solely on price: Too-good-to-be-true prices should be met with some amount of skepticism. It’s always recommended to get at least three estimates, but if one is noticeably cheaper than the others, there might be a reason for it. If you do decide to go with the one with the lowest cost, you might want to ask for references to make sure you shouldn’t expect low-balled quality as well.
Remember, a roof is one of the most important aspects of your home – both structurally and aesthetically. Take the time to vet your roofing contractor so you can have peace of mind that the roof over your head isn’t going anywhere any time soon.