If you’re lucky, hiring a roofer is a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime task. With most roofing materials being designed to last 20 years or more, roof maintenance and replacement is just not something most people have to think about often. That being said, it’s certainly not a decision that should be taken lightly. As your home’s shelter from the elements, an improperly installed or poorly repaired roof cannot only mean hassle down the road, but even thousands of dollars in expenses.
Here are five tips for effectively choosing an honest, qualified, and experienced roofing company to protect your biggest investment; your home.
Ask your friends and neighbors
One of the most commonly overlooked resources are the people that you know the best. Chances are someone you know has needed to hire a roofing contractor at one point or another. Ask your social circle for recommendations and compare them with reviews on sites like Angie’s List or the Better Business Bureau.
Schedule a meeting with the roofing contractor you’re considering
At Horch Roofing, we think it’s best to meet directly with our customers well in advance of any project. We invite future customers to our office, where we can discuss your project thoroughly and answer any questions you might have.
Ask for proof of license and insurance
Perhaps the single most important step a homeowner can take in their due diligence is requesting proof of insurance and the contractor’s roofing license. Often overlooked, choosing a roofer that does not possess these certifications can spell costly disaster in the future, or even injury or legal action. For your own protection, as well as the safety of the team working on your roof, these are vital before hiring a roofing company.
Ask to see similar projects the company has worked on
If your home has a unique roof layout or feature, ask to see any similar projects that the roofing contractor may have worked on in the past. This will not only demonstrate their ability to complete your project but also show the company has been around long enough to have overcome any unique challenges they may have faced.
Ask to speak to a reference
Meeting with a roofing contractor is similar to performing a job interview. Ultimately the roofing company, like a job applicant, is hoping for the opportunity to work with you. One way to ensure that all of the information you’re being given is true is to ask to speak to a reference. For a roofing contractor, this may be a previous customer, a representative from a partnering company, someone with local planning board, code enforcement officer’s office, or industry oversight association.
Since 2003, Horch Roofing has served the communities of Midcoast Maine from our office in Warren. You can call us at (207) 273-1111, visit us at 2414 Camden Road, or visit the website at www.HorchRoofing.com.