Choosing a Roofing Contractor for Your Roof Repair Project
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. So when it develops a leak, or the shingles begin to deteriorate and it needs some repair, you don’t want to trust the job to just anyone. And while there are a lot of roofing contractors out there, not all of them are going to be right for the job. Learn some of the tricks for choosing a roofing contractor for your roof repair project to get the best person you can find.
Start in Your Community
Getting a local roofer with community ties is invaluable. Local roofers are more likely to know your building codes, have references that you can easily check up on, past projects you can view, and are more likely to have ties to local suppliers. A local roofer will also be likely to want to protect and enhance the reputation of his company, so you’ll probably find that he’ll want to help you out if there’s a problem, and won’t leave you hanging with the project unfinished.
Make Sure They’re Licensed
Most states require licensing of roofing contractors, and making sure that you use a licensed contractor is in your best interests. A licensed contractor has likely undergone special training and has proven his skills in the process of getting the license.
Having a contractor with a license also means that you have legal recourses if something were to go wrong. In many areas, if an unlicensed contractor were to rip you off, leave a lien on your home with a supplier, or do a shoddy job, you would be unable to take him to court for these problems. Likewise a licensed contractor conducting business in this manner would be likely to lose that license, which makes it unlikely that you’ll end up in these scenarios.
Make sure you get at least three references from each contractor you speak to, and be sure to call them. These should be local, recent references and they should be able to tell you how the contractor handled issues, whether the job was done to their satisfaction, whether it was completed on time, and how the overall experience with the contractor was.
Many roofing jobs don’t always proceed in a linear fashion; oftentimes, additional issues are found once the shingles are off and the work begins. How the contractor handles these issues is a big component to the overall experience; find out from the references how these types of things were conducted to make sure you’re satisfied with the work done on your home.
Ask for Manufacturer’s Certification
While roofers can certainly guarantee their own work and offer warranties on the installation, they can’t offer manufacturer’s warranties on the product itself without being certified. Getting a manufacturer’s certification means that your roofer has undergone additional training on this type of product and can offer you the extended manufacturer’s warranty to help protect you from defects and other issues down the road.
Most roofing companies will use a team of contractors or workers to get the job done. Find out what the turnover at the company is like; you want a crew that has been working together for years without a lot of new people coming and going. Fast turnover means that the company may have issues paying their workers, or that they’re hiring people not always qualified for the job. Getting crews that have been together for years is a good sign of a strong company.
About Northern Virginia Roofing
Northern Virginia Roofing has been in business since 1963, a second generation company with crews that have been working together for at least 11 years. We have an A+ rating at the BBB and offer one of the best warranties in the industry – 25+ years. Let us give you a free estimate on your roof repair, and a free copy of our book How to Hire a GREAT Contractor: Step by Step Guide.
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