Finding a Roofing Contractor
There are different ways to start searching for the roofer who meets your unique needs. Referrals are apparently the best source of names of well-reputed companies. Ask friends and relatives whom they have hired before.
Get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce to know which contractors are popular in the area. Local trade associations, state and local licensing authorities, the Better Business Bureau, and your phone book’s yellow pages are also good sources of information, not to mention local suppliers of construction products.
The following are considerations to make before you hire a roofer:
The best guarantee that your new roof will last long without leaks is to choose a quality shingle product, and to be sure that the shingles are properly installed – with good workmanship, a roof will shed water.
Don’t hesitate to buy a quality shingle product from a top manufacturer, no matter if it may cost more, but that’s not where it ends. Wrong installation will make even the highest quality shingle wrong for you. The primary sources of asphalt shingle roofing installation standards include the National Roofing Contractors Association (NCRA) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association (ARMA). Roofing products are also measured as per ASTM standards.
Roofer’s Reputation and Experience
Prior to hiring a roofing contractor, consult with your local consumer affairs bureau and check out online reviews from local clients.
Shingle Installation Supervision
You must be sure that the people will really do as they are expected to, or are at least supervised everyday by a pro. Plenty of roofing companies have salesmen or prime contractors selling the job but sending less than qualified installers who work with little or zero expert supervision.
Before committing to a roofing contractor, make sure you discuss regular roof inspections, your under-roof’s condition or attic ventilation, any special problem spots that may be on your roof, and what must be done about them.
After coming up with a list of contractor prospects, take time assessing each of them meticulously. A good contractor will be glad to give any information you may need, such as:
> business name and address
> licensing/bonding/insurance (ask for proof)
> professional and credit references
To summarize, you need a roofing contractor who is knowledgeable about good roofing practices and roof flashing details, how to resolve problem spots on building roofs, and alternative roof covering products like shingle types and colors, low slope roofing, and the rest.
A good roofer will give you with smart advice regarding products, explanation of procedures, and, most importantly, solid results. It’s hard to know the actual capabilities of a contractor, but with a little research, planning and lots of common sense, it does get easier.