Replacing your roof is an expensive investment and you need to understand the process so that you can find the right roofing contractor. What should you look for when selecting a roofing contractor? The company should be licensed and bonded and have been in business for a minimum of five years with a proven track record in installation, customer service and customer satisfaction. The contractor should carry insurance to protect themselves as well as you and you should be comfortable asking for a copy of their Certificate of Insurance; if they won’t provide it, move on. Most reputable contractors will offer a free consultation and will honor their estimate. Another important factor is whether they offer manufacturing and labor warranties.
A good way to start a list of potential contractors is to use referrals and references. Read the referrals they have on their website and don’t hesitate to ask for phone numbers to contact them. If they are not willing to provide them, there is a strong chance that those referrals are not real. Also ask friends and family for names of contractors that they have used and been happy with. When checking references and referrals, be sure to ask them about their experience with the company. Some important questions you should definitely ask are:
- How did you hear about this company?
- Were you satisfied with the work done?
- Would you use this company again?
- Was the job completed on budget and on time? If not, why.
- Can they provide photos of completed work?
By talking to referrals, you will get information from people who have first-hand experience with a company. You can use these referrals to get to your final decision.
Location and availability play an important factor in considering what company you use to replace your roof. Locally owned and operated businesses will know a lot about your geographical area and will be able to easily get the right permits. They will be familiar with local roofing codes and procedures as well as homeowner association regulations.
Finally, if you have your decision narrowed down to two or three companies, respect and manners of the people you will be doing business with can point you in the right direction. Someone who is both respectful to you as a homeowner and of your time, is important. Putting your home into the right hands can be a very tough decision. You want to make sure that you are investing in a hardworking and trustworthy company. By doing the proper research and asking all of the important questions, you will be on your way to a brand new beautiful roof for your home.
Contact us for a free consultation. Brandywine Exteriors offers a 50 year warranty on all new roofs.