Lessons Learned About Roofs

Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor

There are plenty of ways to begin your search for the roofing contractor who satisfies your individual needs. Referrals are apparently the best source of names of well-reputed companies. Ask relatives and friends whom they have used before.

Get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce to know which contractors are popular in the area. Also perfect sources of information are the Better Business Bureau, local trade associations, state and local licensing authorities, and your phone book, not mention local building product suppliers.

Here are things to consider before hiring a roofing contractor:

Job Quality

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.

Shingle Quality

Don’t hesitate to purchase a quality shingle product from a top manufacturing company, regardless if it is more expensive, but don’t stop there. If installed the wrong way, not even the most superior quality shingle will not be right for you. The two key organizations that set asphalt roofing installation standards are the National Roofing Contractors Association and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association. Roofing products are also measured according to 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.

Roof Maintenance

Before you make final arrangements with a roofing contractor, you should discuss periodic roof inspections, attic ventilation or your under-roof’s condition, any issues with your roof, and the needed solutions.

After compiling a list of potential contractors, spend time evaluating each one thoroughly. A reliable contractor will be enthusiastic about providing any information that you may need to make a decision, such as:

> business name and address

> experience

> licensing/bonding/insurance (ask for proof)

> professional and credit references

> warranty

In summary, you should hire a roofing contractor who has mastered good roofing practices and roof flashing details, the ways to handle problem spots on building roofs, and alternative products that cover roofs such as shingle colors, grades and types, low slope roofing, and the others.

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.