Roof Leaks, hail storm, insurance claim, or old roof... Are you looking to get your roof replaced? These five tips will make your selection process easier.
1. Insurance Is Important
See that your roofing contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. At minimum roofing contractors should carry $500,000 in liability insurance.
When you're getting bids, this keeps everyone on a level playing field. You know that part of the cost of the roof and the service being provided to you is protected with the security of coverage.
2. Choose a Local Roofing Contractor
Make sure that the company that you choose is local. This means that they are not just operating locally now, but have an established business and reputation in the community. Search for the contractor on google for example: Indianapolis Roofing Contractor. This shows they have an established reputation with online reviews.
We hear horror stores of customer that have problems within their roof after they hired someone form out of town. All of a sudden, the company that they chose to install their roof moved or vanished. So make sure to choose local.
3. Price Isn’t Everything
Never choose a company based on price. Cheap bids drive down the market and anyone with overhead and proper insurance has to establish pricing to cover such costs.
Those that do work on the side or are just working out of a pick-up truck can always do the work cheaper. But in the long run, you get what you pay for. Customers that are sold on price as their sole criteria ultimately end up spending more money to fix problems, and many of these problems would have been covered under a workmanship guarantee by a reputable established roofing company.
4. Screen All Door-Knockers with Online Searches
Steer clear of the knock-on-the-door, “We were in your neighborhood” roofers who have no online reviews. You can always be sure of a company's standing by doing a simple search online. These reviews are left by customers online who the roofing contractor has previously done business with. If you want to choose a roofer with good reviews. For example, if you search Home advisor for "Roofing Indianapolis, IN" the top three results with good reviews are:
1. M & J Exteriors - 25 Verified Reviews
2530 East Banta RoadIndianapolis, IN 46227
2. Done Rite Remodeling & Roofing - 33 Verified Reviews
4319 West Thompson Road Indianapolis, IN 46221
3. The Works - 34 Verified Reviews
5207 Bluff Rd Indianapolis, IN 46201
5. Sign a Written Contract
You should be in control. Get the details in writing. Paper and digital contracts have the same authority as long as they are in writing. Make any deposits necessary to get the work started, which will allow the roofing contractor to buy materials and begin work. Make sure that payment terms were discussed prior to the job and adhered to by both parties.
Make sure that you ask how long a job will take. Keep in mind most roofing jobs take 1-2 days. After talking with your roofing contractor, have a clear idea of what day you would like to start and a completion day.
6. Communication is paramount
Have your calls been returned? Has your documentation been sent in? Have they followed up? If you answered “no” to these questions, then make sure you communicate your concerns to the company representative.
If they still can’t make good, walk away. Communication is key to every business. If you aren’t getting what you need on the front end when they are trying to get your business, what will happen once you have committed the work to them?
If you keep these six tips in mind, you'll be sure to end up with a good quality roof with a warranty and paperwork to back it up that will last you for years to come. If you have any questions about roofing feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org