Choosing the right roofing contractor requires research, patience, and some background knowledge. Use these six tips to find a skilled contractor who can repair or replace your roof with minimal headaches and hassle.
Don’t Make a Rushed Decision
After a storm or other event has seriously damaged a roof, most homeowners want to repair their roof as quickly as possible. In their haste, some may choose the first roofing contractor that’s available for the job. This is rarely a good idea. It’s always best to vet potential roofers thoroughly.
Good contractors can work quickly to find the cause and offer temporary solutions to help. But rushing to get someone out can leave you vulnerable to choosing the wrong contractor.
Ask Friends and Family for Referrals
Do you have a friend or family member who recently had work done on their home’s roof? First-hand referrals are a great way to find a qualified contractor. You can also learn about which ones to avoid.
Online reviews are also helpful, especially if your network doesn’t have any recommendations for roofers.
Purchase a 2-10 Home Service Plan
When your have a Home Service Plan from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty with the Roof Leak add-on, you can access a network of trusted roofing contractors to help you diagnose issues.
This can help take some of the guesswork out of finding a contractor when your roof suffers from normal wear and tear.
pay less with 2-10
Low-cost home service plans.
Don’t Work With “Storm Chasers”
Anyone who lives in an area that gets hail storms or other types of natural disasters is familiar with the “storm chasers” who come knocking once the damage is done. Stick to your original plan of asking for personal recommendations and vetting companies based on reviews from satisfied customers.
Work With an Established Local Roofing Company
Local companies know the weather and climate conditions your roof will need to withstand. You want to choose an established roofing company with a long history in the community. Companies that have been around for years or even decades are more likely to stay in business long enough to fulfill any warranty requirements should something go wrong.
Don’t Make a Decision Solely on Price
Price isn’t everything. More often than not, ultra-low costs equate to low quality. If you receive a bid that seems too good to be true, check that the company has adequate insurance.
Review Bids From at Least Two Roofing Contractors
Talk to several roofing companies to get an idea of how much your roof replacement or repair should cost. You also want to find a roofer you can trust. Choose a contractor who is patient while you review contracts and warranties. The good ones will be more than happy to answer questions to ensure you feel comfortable working together.