A question I get quite a bit from contractors, home owners, and homeowners is how to choose the right roofing company for your needs. The simple answer is to ask all of the questions you have about your roofing needs and expectations. Even if you are planning on having a professional roofer to come in and do a free estimate for you, it never hurts to have an idea as to what kind of work you need done, and what price range you are looking at. Sometimes people try to cut corners and hire a roofing company that isn’t worth their money by choosing a low quality, but cheap roofer.
One thing you should always look for when hiring roofing contractors is the workmanship. Most companies like Boulder Roofing Companies out there will boast about the fact that they use only the best and highest quality materials and workmanship when building a new roof. The fact is, there are a lot of roofing contractors out there that don’t live up to this standard. Many are guilty of using subpar materials and poor workmanship, which result in shoddy work that needs to be replaced anyways.
You should also ask roofing contractors about insurance claims. If you need a roof repaired because your home was damaged by a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or tornado, it’s likely that you’ll file a claim. Always check with your insurance agency about filing an insurance claim for your home, because some companies won’t cover it due to some “extra” work being done by the company on your home.
A quick phone call to your insurance company can clear things up and get you on the way to having your roof repaired quickly. Be wary of anyone who tries to avoid this, because often times it’s just a cover up, and not an honest concern about whether or not they will actually pay for any damage you incur.
As far as warranties go, many roofing companies offer some sort of lifetime warranty on their work. Some even offer a 10 year warranty, so be sure to ask about these. If a warranty is offered, it’s highly suggested that homeowners seriously consider it. If a roofer is dishonest about whether or not a warranty exists, then it’s possible that you may have issues with your new roof later on down the road. Also, you need to make sure that any warranty offered is effective immediately; if you wait to a point in time before calling the company to tell them about an issue, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever get a good repair job done, and you may end up replacing your roof at a much higher cost than you had planned.
Last, but certainly not least, is getting a written estimate from your roofing contractors. Having a written estimate gives you the ability to know exactly what you’re paying for, and also gives you peace of mind that they aren’t trying to hide something from you. Also, most roofing companies offer estimates for free, so you should take advantage of this. This allows you to compare prices and find the best price.
There are many things that you can do to help yourself when you’re getting started with a new roof. The most important thing, of course, is to make sure that you’re taking every step necessary to avoid problems down the road. Talk to your roofers today about the things that you can do to keep your home looking great for years to come.