Tips On Finding A Professional Roofer

Tips on finding a professional roofer. References and the Better Business Bureau are good sources for finding a professional roof inspector and repairman. Finding a good roofer can be difficult. Oftentimes...

Finding a good roofer can be difficult. Oftentimes when you do find a reliable, quality roofer they are too busy to take on your project in the near future. One of the best places to start looking for a professional roofer is to ask friends and neighbors who have recently had work done on their homes.

You can also use the yellow pages of your local phonebook to assemble a list, but then you must determine which are the most reliable, skilled, and competent. The cheapest deal is not always the best deal. Our roofing expert, Lanay Hebert, who owns Allied Roofing in Austin, Texas, suggests that you check to see if the roofer is listed with the Better Business Bureau and then ask for referrals. A good roofing company should offer to provide you with previous customers' names who you can contact for referrals.

Another good sign of a competent roofer is one who provides warranties and uses high quality materials, says Hebert. Any potential roofers should also be licensed, bonded, and insured. This protects the customer if any property is damaged during the job. You might be surprised at the number of companies that advertise for customers but are not bonded and insured. You can check with the appropriate state agency in your area to see what licenses are required. Don't be afraid to ask for proof of these items.

Another good way to find a roofer is to visit businesses that sell roofing supplies to contractors and ask for recommendations. If you decide to use this method, be sure to visit during the afternoon when business is slower. Ask to speak to a manager or owner and explain your need. You might want to ask: Who would you use to work on your own home? Who has been buying supplies for 10 or more years? Who buys the highest quality materials? Who always pays their bill on time?

You may also want to visit a work site in your area to inquire about roofers. This allows you to inspect their work habits and whether their work vehicles look well-maintained and clean. Ask for a business card. Professional roofers should provide a permanent address of business, phone numbers, and licensing information. Being a member of professional associations such as NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) or NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is also a good sign that you are dealing with a skilled and reliable person or company that takes pride in their work. You can also contact these organizations for a list of members in your area, which will provide you with another resource for finding a professional roofer.

Once you have found one or more potential roofers, it's time to ask for a written estimate. The roofer should supply you with an explanation of the materials to be used, a timeline for completion of the project, and warranty provisions. You should only be expected to pay a deposit at the beginning of the work. Full payment should not be made until the project is completed to your satisfaction.

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