Finding the right roofing contractor isn’t as difficult as you may think. The best roofing contractor for your job is typically a local community member. We’ve put together a list of a few things to look at when trying to hire a roofing contractor.
We’re talking about hiring local
The pros are just down the block or across town. These folks are who you want to hire if you need to repair your roof. Here are a few of the many reasons why.
You’ll Avoid Storm Chasers
Run away, run far away from these types. Then, after a storm, they swoop in from out of town and start knocking on doors. They offer too-good-to-be-true low prices, undercutting the competition. They ask for money down on the job, then never show up to do the work. Or, if they do show up, they slap everything together in a hurry. The result is shoddy, if not terrible. Oh, and they won’t offer a warranty. If anything in your gut is telling you something’s not adding up, just say “no.”
They Know the Weather
And have lived in the area for a good period of time, like years. They understand, for instance, that North Texas is notorious for schizophrenic weather changes. Ice and sleet one week. Sunshine and everyone’s outside in shorts the next. So they have compassion for what you’re going through. And they know precisely the materials you’ll need to withstand the next storm.
They Know the Codes
Local installation codes, that is. They’ll also have the correct paperwork and everything you need to ensure that your roof complies with your state’s requirements. You must have this.
They Have a Physical Office
Imagine being able to walk in the front door and sit down. Have a chat. Face to face. This is one of the best things about local roofing contractors. This also roots them in the community, and others will know them. You can check them out. Granted, having a face-to-face meeting has been less common in the last couple of years, the good news is that this is changing. Things are starting to get back to the way they were.
They Guarantee Their Work
If something goes wrong, a decent roofing contractor will make it right. And do whatever it takes. Whether it’s a roof replacement, new gutters or a simple repair, Peak offers a 5-point guarantee that is second to none.
They’re Certified by Top Shingle Companies
This is all about trust. Top shingle companies don’t hand out their certifications easily. Their reputation is on the line. For instance, Peak is a Platinum Preferred Contractor for Owens Corning.
They’re RCAT Licensed. Bonded. Insured
These are critical qualifications. Contractors worth their salt should have all of these things, starting with a general contractor’s license (RCAT), and it must be registered with the state board. A roof is a major expense, and this ensures the overall quality of workmanship.
Being bonded says that the bonding company knows that the contractor is on the up and up, is ethical and has integrity. It’s also important because if the company botches a job or goes out of business during the installation, you can fall back on the bond company–they’ll take care of the expenses and go after the contractor to get things reconciled.
Being insured means that the contractor has general liability, workman’s comp and a company vehicle insurance company on all the vehicles, owned and not owned. So you can even ask for the certificate; see the proof.
They Have Good Reviews
These days, most roofing contractors have social media profiles. Check out their pages. The best roofing contractors have good reviews so remember, people won’t hesitate to let the world know if something goes wrong. You owe it to yourself to do your due diligence, read up and protect yourself.
Searching for and hiring the best roofing contractor just makes good sense. With out-of-towners, there are too many unknowns. Besides, buying a new roof is a major expense that you don’t want to trust to an unknown entity, no matter how good they sound. Peak is your neighborhood go-to roofing company. We’re here to help you with everything from roofing, gutters, siding—and much more. So don’t hesitate to give us a shout.