How to Find a Good Residential Roofing Company
Your home is your most important asset. So when the time comes to have some work done on your roof, you don’t want to trust the job to just anyone. Getting some recommendations from friends or neighbors that have had work done is a good start, but how do you know that the residential roofing company you’ve chosen is the right fit for your home? Follow these tips to help find the right roofing company for your job.
A good roofer or residential roofing company is going to be pretty forthcoming with a lot of information if you ask. So it can be a pretty big red flag if you ask for any of the following and don’t receive it, or don’t get a plausible answer or explanation:
- Local address, phone number, and ID: You want to confirm that the roofing company is local and that they’ve been working in your area long enough to establish some roots. If you check out the company, you should be able to find that they’ve been there for at least a few years; it’s a red flag if their address, phone number, and other info has been changed recently or frequently.
- State licenses and insurance: Getting a roofing company that is properly licensed and ensured can help you guarantee that this company specializes in roofs and has taken the extra steps to prove their worth.
- At least three local references: Three recent references (and from 3-5 years ago) that you can call and check up on can let you know how satisfied past customers are, how the roofing company handled problems or issues, and whether or not the job went as planned.
- A written estimate that includes everything discussed: A good residential roofing company doesn’t mind putting things in writing. This should include things like the proposed estimate or bid, the start and end dates, and the total scope of work, as well as the warranty. Beware of anyone that won’t commit to these things in writing.
- Manufacturer’s certification: While your roofer doesn’t need the manufacturer’s certification to install your roof, he does need it to offer you the extended manufacturer’s warranty. This certification means that the roofer has undergone additional training with the manufacturer, and it can help ensure that you’re protected from defects and other issues long after the job has been done.
Double Check Info
It can take a little leg work, but once you have the company’s name and address, you can check up on them with places like the Better Business Bureau. The idea is to find out how the company addresses things like customer issues and complaints. You can also find out how long they’ve been in business, at one address, and how long they’ve been licensed. This can help you make an informed decision that will let you feel good about the company that you’re hiring to work on your home.
About Northern Virginia Roofing
Northern Virginia Roofing is a second generation-owned and operated roofing and siding company. We’ve been in business since 1963 and have had the same phone number since 1980. Our crews have been with us at least 11 years and we offer one of the best warranties in the industry – 25+ years. Give us a call today for a free estimate on your roofing job and a free copy of our book, How to Hire a GREAT Contractor: Step by Step Guide.
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