When it comes to hiring a roofing contractor, it can be overwhelming just figuring out where to begin. You type “roofing contractor” into Google, a thousand contractors pop up, and you know that every one of them is going to tell you their product/warranty/price is top of the line. Here is a few things that should describe the contractor you choose to work with:
- They are licensed. It would surprise you how many contractors do not have a license. It sounds easy, but the physical process of getting a license ensures the contractor has at least a minimum level of experience and has passed the necessary tests to become licensed. In Virginia, there are three classes – Class A, Class B and Class C. Class A licensed contractors typically have the most experience and have the highest annual revenues. Class C is less experienced and would be what a new contractor would start off with to gain experience. A contractor with a license gives you piece of mind that they have experience and that they know what they are doing.
- They are insured and bonded. Unlike the licensing process, this is a fairly easy process contractors go through (similar to getting car insurance) – it only takes a couple phone calls. But again, there are many contractors who don’t have it – mainly because it is an added expense. When a contractor is insured and bonded, you can be comfortable knowing that if something goes wrong, they have the coverage to make it right.
- They are local. This is for a couple reasons. First, a local business is more aligned with your interests than a national or bigger company. The local companies are a part of the communities they work in. Second, there are many roofing companies that “storm chase” and go from area to area. When time comes that you may need a service on your roof down the road, it is often tough to get a hold of these companies. Choose a company that you know is in the area, and you can go right to their office if you have to.
- They have good reviews. This may seem obvious – and I am sure if you are reading this page, you do your research – but it is a necessary step. Do a quick google search and read what other people have to say about the company. Nobody knows the company better than someone who used them.
- They do not use high pressure sales tactics. This is a big one. If you have a contractor come into your home and give you a “one day special”, insisting that you have to sign now to get their VERY special discount – you can feel confident that you are overpaying for your roof. At a minimum, you are paying for a roof without being able to do any research that what the company representative just told you is all true. Take their best price and tell them you will get back to them.
- They have a great warranty. Lets face it – no matter how high quality the products are, no matter how great the workmanship is….sometimes down the road, things go wrong. It could be wind, snow….anything. Make sure the company you use has a GREAT warranty. Don’t be fooled by words like “lifetime” or “50 year”. Have them show you their warranty and make sure it covers everything you expect it to cover.
- Get three estimates. Okay, so this one does not have to do with the contractor – ya caught me. But this is just best practice. If you get three estimates, you will have a good idea of what is out there. A good roofing company should be able to give you an estimate (either virtually, by phone, or in person) within 72 hours. Compare the price, quality and warranty that each company offers and make the best decision for you and your family!
There you have it – seven easy steps to help you narrow down your search. If you would like to start with a hassle free quote from Tree Top Remodeling, check us out here: Request a Quote. In most cases, we can pull the information we need from our satellite imagery. No high pressure sales tactics – we can just email you the quote.