Six Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor
Is your home in need of a new road? Here are six tips our experts suggest to help any homeowner make their selection process more comfortable.
The experts at Robey Roofing know the challenges and confusion homeowners can experience when choosing the right roof replacement for their homes. Below are six helpful tips that any homeowner can use to help determine the correct roofing contractor for their roof replacement at an affordable price.
1. Insurance. Insurance. Insurance.
Any reputable roofing contractor will have both worker’s compensation and liability insurance; you will want to ask to see each document before allowing any work to begin on your property. Don’t just look at the papers; call and verify with their insurance provider to ensure they are valid.
After verifying this information, you will have the confidence that whichever roofing contractor you choose, the cost of the roof, and the service provided are protected.
2. Stay Local
Just like shopping local, you want to choose a roofing contractor that is local to you. Not only operating locally now but a company that has an established name and reputation in your community.
Robey Inc. has been servicing Maryland & Pennsylvania for over 30 years; we’ve had many calls from homeowners who have started experiencing issues with their roof within the standard five-year warranty period. When they contacted the company they had chosen to complete the roof replacement, they quickly learned that the business has closed, moved, or vanished. Don’t let that happen to you.
3. Don’t go off Price Alone.
When it comes to roofing, cost correlates directly to quality. So, unless you want to replace your roof again in another eight years, don’t choose the “basement bargain price” special.
Sure, that guy working out of his truck can always do the work cheaper than a fully licensed contractor with a full crew can. But, in the long run, you will get what you pay for. Homeowners who go the bargain price route for their new replacement ultimately spend more to fix on-going problems. Whereas if they had chosen a company like Robey Roofing, these problems would be covered under our workmanship guarantee, if they even happened.
4. Communication is Critical
Did the representative call you back? Did they follow up on the email in a timely fashion? Have they sent the required documents? Are you answering “No” to these questions, then that roofing company you’re talking with has a communication issue, and when it comes to a roof replacement, that’s a not a good sign.
If you’re feeling ignored now, walk away. Communication is critical in this business. If you’re experiencing this unattentiveness at the start of the project, what will you experience later down the road should you have any issues?
Oh, no! A hail storm just hit your area last night, and a roofing company is knocking on your door the next day. What are the chances? Actually, reasonably high.
Many reputable roofing companies use storm tracking apps to be alerted of storms in their area with high winds or hail, and you will see them in your neighborhood shortly after big storms hit. Simultaneously, shady and unlicensed companies use the same tactic to scam homeowners with shoddy work or worse taking their money skipping town.
If you are approached by this technique, don’t feel pressured by their tactics, never sign any type of “letter of intent” and always talk to a representative at your insurance provider to know which kind of roof damage is covered in your policy before making any decision on the roofing company.
6. Get it in Writing
Remember, as the homeowner, you’re in control of your home needs. After selecting a roofing company for your roof replacement, make sure you get all the details of the project in writing, e.g., including details about but not limited to materials to be used (their brand, type, color, and price) and the start and end date of the project. The contract must also include details about removing the old roof and installing the replacement. Make sure you go over the contract thoroughly before both parties sign it, and the work begins.
After the work is complete, you can be confident that you choose the right roofing company and that your new roof will protect your family and home for generations to come.
With these tips in hand, make sure you're choosing the best roofing professionals for your roofing project.
Robey Roofing provides homeowners with the most reliable & affordable roofing contractor. We have a long history of serving and supporting the local community. At Robey Roofing, you'll find friendly professionals dedicated to caring for each other as they offer you the best possible customer service.
We're licensed, bonded, and insured to the max for your protection, and we're certified in many of the best materials for your roofing project. If you still have any questions, don’t wait, contact an expert at Robey Roofing in Maryland or Pennsylvania today to arrange an in-person visit and a free estimate for your project We're proud to be the most affordable roofing provider, and we can't wait to prove it to you.