Typically, a roof is able to maintain its efficacy and look for a minimum of 10 years, but it does eventually need to be replaced. In some situations, you will notice cracks, missing shingles or warps, which may lead to leaks, and you will have to make repairs or do a replacement sooner than the expected life span of your roof. When the time comes and you do need to replace the roof, finding top-quality roofing companies is the most essential factor in the process. Finding a professional, qualified and reliable roofing company may be a challenging task. That said, the goal is to find a quality roofing company, and the good news is that there are steps you can take to make this a successful, less-stressful experience. The following tips will help you find the best roofing company for your needs.
One of the most important things you should do is hire a roofing company that is licensed. Licensing is a basic requirement for businesses that directly provide building construction services to home and business owners. Be sure to ask all roofing companies you interview if they are licensed, which state they are licensed in, and if they ever had their license suspended or revoked. If a suspension has occurred, be sure to get as much information as possible about the reasons for suspension.
Another important factor to consider when interviewing roofing contractors is whether the contractor carries liability insurance. Insurance is basically a guaranteed compensation for damages, loss or any unplanned events that may occur during the roofing process. Roofing is dangerous, so it is essential that the roofing contractor is insured in case there are injuries to the crew while they are working on your home. When discussing insurance, make sure you ask who the insurer is, and be sure to do a little research on the insurance company’s reputation and background. Be sure to validate that the roofing company is up to date on their policy.
Obviously, you want to hire a roofing company that is experienced in the field, but it is equally important to ensure that the company workers are experienced as well. Although roofing companies frequently hire new employees and it is important for new employees to get the required training, it is essential that the workers assigned to your home have the experience necessary to complete the work or that there is always a qualified, experienced person on the jobsite to oversee new employees.
Getting the Estimate
When contacting roofing companies for an estimate, the estimate is generally provided free of charge. The goal is to keep your expenses for a new roof within budget, so the first sign of a potential inexperienced roofing company is if they charge for an estimate. In most situations, especially if you will be submitting the work to your homeowner’s insurance, you will need to get three estimates. The estimates you receive should include the materials that will be used and the cost of these materials as well as labor and the cost for any necessary permits. Keep in mind that, in some instances, the actual cost may slightly vary from the estimate; however, it should be close in the total costs.
Previous Customer Ratings
One of the easiest and most reliable ways to check the workmanship, reliability and trustworthiness of potential roofing companies is by reviewing the testimonials and ratings from previous customers. Although reading previous customer reviews online can be helpful, they can sometimes be unreliable. When going online for information about the company, be sure to read forums and blogs that are related to local roofing companies. When you meet with potential companies, ask for pictures of previous jobs they completed and, if possible, addresses of local homes the company worked on, and be sure to drive by all the provided addresses to check the work out yourself.
Guarantees and Warranties
The majority of roofing companies offer similar guarantees and warranties. While the materials are typically covered under a warranty that is offered by the manufacturer, the actual construction and the labor should be guaranteed by the roofing company. Be sure to ask how long the company has been in business; even the best warranties and guarantees will only be good as long as the roofing company is in business. Verifying that the roofing company has been established in the community will provide you with peace of mind regarding the quality of their work and that any warranties and guarantees provided will be valid.
Be sure that all estimates you receive are in writing and take the time to carefully review all aspects of the estimate. Estimates typically include a start and end date with provisions for bad weather, and there will be information about a guarantee of workmanship as well as details of the type of roof that is being installed. The goal is to hire a roofing company that is insured, experienced and trustworthy. Although the estimates, insurance and warranties are important, it is also important to hire a roofing company that you feel comfortable with. It is imperative that you are comfortable with the company that will be working on your home, so if you have any concerns, be sure to move on to a different company before the work is started. It is also essential that you keep in mind the budget and timeline that you have set aside for this project, so choose the roofing company carefully and try to not be swayed too far out of your budget.
We understand the difficulties in finding the best roofing companies, so if you are searching for reliable, trustworthy and experienced roofing company to install your new roof, contact Community Builders. As experts in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area, we will be happy to provide you with a free estimate, answer your questions and concerns, and we will schedule the appointment for an estimate at your convenience.
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