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Are you in the market for a roofer for your home? Perhaps you just need a bit of roof repair. Maybe you’re looking to replace your roof entirely, and want to receive a few different quotes.
Whatever the reasoning might be, you’ll want to make sure that you find a roofer that you can trust.
There are many roofers for hire, but only a few of them will be the right fit for what you need. Fortunately, there are several questions you can ask and things you can keep an eye out for to find them.
See below for how to find a roofer you can trust
Consider What Service You Need
There are many different roofing contractors out there, each of which has something that they specialize in.
If you’re looking to hire a roofer, then you need one of the three things done: a repair replacement, or inspection. Identifying what you need early on can help you figure out which contractor to hire.
There’s only one problem… you’re not a roofing expert. How can you figure out what service you need? There’s nothing wrong with requesting an inspection of your roof, having them tell you what service you’ll need, then shopping around.
More importantly, you want to find someone that specializes in the service that you need. For example, a repairman might not have the headcount to replace a roof.
Be sure to reach out to this roofing company for more information on your roof’s needs and whether they specialize in that service.
Check Online Reviews
Thanks to the growth of the online marketplace, it’s never been easier to get a peek behind a service. You don’t even have to hire them for an inspection in order to get a taste.
You can simply check the online reviews from their previous clientele. Overall, the grade their clients give them is reflective of how well they perform service, give customer support, meet their timelines, etc.
Granted, there will always be a few bad eggs in the bunch, but you can still take the cumulative grade of their online reviews into consideration.
If you’re worried about one specific bad review you saw, be sure to ask the service about it. After all, there are always two sides to each story. If their answer still doesn’t encourage you, then move on to the next roofing contractor.
Use Local Businesses
If you’re going to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a roof repair/replacement, you want that cash flow to stay in your community. There’s no better way to do that than by hiring a local business.
Local roofing contractors will understand things like your local city codes on your roof and help you build a relationship with someone that’s close by. That way, if there’s ever a roofing emergency, they can get there faster.
By in large, a local roofing service will also be more approachable and honest about things. They can give you tips on how to perform certain DIY projects to your roof or signs to look out for that might cause bigger problems.
If you invest money into a roofing company, you want to build that business relationship for the long term. That way, if you have any questions or concerns, they’re only a phone call away.
Ask Them for References
If you want to take a deeper dive into a contractor’s relationship with current clientele, then it’s time to go a bit “old school” and ask for references.
A trustworthy roofing contractor will be happy to give you the name and contact information of customers who will sing their praises. It will give you peace of mind and help you learn more about the service’s process for roof repairs and/or replacements.
Don’t be afraid to ask the customer several questions. Ask them things like how long have you used this roofer? What services have they performed for you? Did they meet the timeline they provided you? Would you say their prices are competitive or no?
Contrary to what many people might think, these customers won’t be partial to the service. They’ll remember how painstaking it was to find a roofer they trusted. If they had a subpar experience, they won’t try to sugarcoat it. They’re looking out for you.
Schedule an In-Person Meeting
Phone conversations are cheap. Any service can make any claim at all, whether they intend to deliver on that claim or not.
But there’s something to be said for the conversations that you’ll hold in an in-person meeting. If they’re going to make you a guarantee or a bold statement, they have to look you in the eye to do so.
Of course, don’t take any roofing service at their word. Make sure you get their guarantees in writing down the line before you hire them.
Scheduling an in-person meeting can be beneficial for two reasons. First, it allows you to meet them face to face, which will help you gauge their trustworthiness and expertise.
Second, it allows them to visually look at your roof and make a few recommendations based on what they find. Be sure to ask them as many questions as you can think of, and consider the answers they give you in your decision.
Find a Roofer That Fits Your Preference
If you find a roofer that you can trust, then there’s no sense in waiting around any longer to hire them. As long as you’re comfortable with their service and the price they’ve given you, everything else should work itself out.
Make sure they’ve answered all of your questions. Get all their claims in writing and schedule an appointment.
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