Close up of a roofing contractor working on a roof.

Replacing a roof can be one of the most expensive repairs a homeowner will have to face, as you’re not only paying for the materials, but also for the skilled labor necessary to complete the job. Almost anyone with a ladder and a truck can respond to an ad and claim that they’re a roofer, but how do you ensure that you’re actually hiring a trustworthy, roofing professional who’s going to do the job correctly? Don’t be afraid to ask some questions.

1. Do They Have Insurance?

Before hiring a roofing contractor, it’s crucial to confirm that they have worker’s compensation and liability insurance. It’s perfectly okay and even recommended that you ask them to provide you with proof of insurance certificates.

2. Choose a Local Roof Contractor

In order to protect your investment, it’s important to choose a local roofing company that has an established business and  a good reputation in the community. For example, think about what might happen if you don’t choose a company that’s well established in the community, and a problem should occur with your roof within the standard five-year warranty period. Can you feel absolutely certain and confident that the company who installed your roof is still going to be operating? This is why it’s so important to choose a local roof contractor with a long standing and established reputation within the community. A warranty is only as good as the longevity and reputation of the roofing company.

3. Don’t Use Price as Your Deciding Factor

While everyone wants to save money, cheaper isn’t always better. In this case, you get what you pay for and if someone is offering to do the work at an unusually low price, this is usually a red flag and should be a cause for concern.

4. Avoid the Knock on the Door

It’s wise to steer clear of the door to door “We’re in your neighborhood installing roofs” pitch. This is simply a case of canvassing and selling with the sole intent of telling you that you have storm damage and pressuring you to sign a letter of intent and is not considered a good business practice. Don’t be pressured by these tactics and don’t sign anything you aren’t comfortable with. Instead choose your local roof contractor based on referrals, research, and recommendations.

5. Communication is Everything

When hiring a local roof contractor, good communication is crucial. Are they returning your calls in a timely manner? Did they send or provide any documentation that you requested? Are they following through with what they promised? If the answer is “no” to any of these questions, then you need to communicate your concerns to a company representative. Good communication is the key to any successful business and if you aren’t comfortable or satisfied with the level of communication, then how can you ensure that the job will be done properly and to your liking? If they aren’t communicating well at the beginning of the job, how do you think they’ll respond once the job is complete and you need to contact them with problems or issues?

6. Ask for Testimonials

A reputable roofing company will provide you with references and customer testimonials to support their products and services without hesitation. In order to ensure you’re getting the highest quality of work, make sure that the company you choose comes highly recommended by others who have personally worked with that company before.

We take pride in being part of this wonderful community. With over 75 years of home improvement experience, we are the local company you can trust for exterior home improvements. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today to schedule a virtual appointment with our installation experts! It’s a great time to make some improvements to your home, and a new roof is a great project to start with. Let’s talk soon.