Hiring a roofing contractor can be a daunting task. After all, you are going to have one or a team of people on your house, or in your attic working on your home. You want the roofer to be good, but there are so many roofing companies out there and you don't know which one is right. Here at Full Draw Construction, we will provide some tips on how to find a roofing contractor that can help you ensure that your roof is properly maintained, especially through stormy weather or the winter months here in Wisconsin.
This article has several facts for hiring roofers:
The key when looking for roofers is not to select them based solely on cost or the highest offer. It's imperative to ask a lot of questions about their prior work experience with roofs similar in size, materials, and location as yours. If they say oh yes I have installed this roof before here at my own home' then that should raise a red flag! You should ask how long they have been in the roofing business altogether. What roofing materials do they specialize in? How long have they been in business as this business? Can you get references and contact them to speak on the roofer's behalf.
For roof replacement companies, I would also recommend that you seek out roof specialists that are backed by a nationwide warranty. Some roofing contractors don't want to offer a lifetime warranty because it restricts their ability and profit margin on roof replacements and repairs. However, if you research roofers who carry warranties then you know your investment is protected by an insurance policy as opposed to just trusting someone without any type of guarantee or history.
The roofing business is a dangerous job which is why small businesses and property owners should never tackle a roofing job on their own. Roofing is a roofing specialist's full-time job and they undergo extensive roofer training. It isn't something that you can learn by doing a roof on your own home, or even by learning roof repairs from instructional videos on YouTube. Roofing is a learned trade and requires experience.
There are no online courses for learning to roof! A roofer with lots of bad reviews or the cheapest price shouldn't be your only consideration when seeking out to hire a roofer because there are other factors like licensing, insurance, and quality materials that are also important to consider when hiring someone who will work on your home.
So what should property owners look for when looking for a roofing contractor? Here is an outline of several factors:
Ask what happens if you are not satisfied with the work. Read the roofing contractor's terms and conditions. What happens if a roofer is hired and they don't perform as promised? You want to know what the roofers guarantee covers in terms of materials, labor, workmanship, flaws, and problems with roof installation or roof repair.
What happens if there are repairs needed after several years? Does it cost money to get your roof repaired? Do you have to pay for a roofer out of your own pocket to repair their botched-up roof installations or roof repairs that didn't work properly from the beginning? This is something that could happen if roofers cut corners or use cheap materials when doing roof replacements. You never really know until it rains or snows! So be sure to ask.
Will the roofer get rid of and remove your old roof? What will the roofer do if they encounter roofing problems while doing roof repairs and roof replacements? This is something to ask about before you accept roof contractors as a job well done. You want to know what happens when there are roof problems that arise, not after the fact! Do roofers pay for your property owner's insurance deductibles? If it doesn't say in the contract then you should ask.