What if I could give you two questions to ask roofing contractors that will help you cut through the clutter and find the BEST qualified professionals to handle your roofing project? Well, that’s what I’m going to do here.
Roofing contractors are an important category of professional service providers you’ll hire to manage your home construction or to take charge of your roof repair.
What makes roofing contractors so important?
Your roof is important in preserving the integrity of your house. By guarding the building against wind, snow and rain as well as other weather extremes and natural elements, your roof is critically important in keeping your home safe. That’s why choosing your roof carefully and diligently maintaining it by carrying out repairs as and when necessary becomes important to the safety of your family members and the longevity of your building.
Another reason why roofing contractors are such key personnel is the cost involved in roof repairs and construction. As every home owner knows (or learns very quickly), you’ll need a sizable budget to get your roofing job done right. And more to the point, getting it done well is important if you’d like to avoid shelling out even more for fixing a job done badly.
So now that we’ve agreed that selecting the right roofing contractors is important, what are the two questions that will weed out the fakes and the flakes to leave you with the best qualified professionals to work with?
Question 1 – Won’t you tell me more about your roofing company?
This all-important question comes first – and with good reason. You want to know if the roofing contractor you’re planning to work with is genuine and has a good track record. You also want to know where they are based, where they do most of their projects and what kind of experience they have.
Once you’ve asked more pointed questions about their roof contracting company and where it is located, the complete address and contact information, you are in a position to inquire further about their credentials and skills before hiring their services for your home roofing project.
That’s when you’re ready to ask the second question, which is…
Question 2 – Would you mind giving me references from your previous customers?
Well established and reputable roofing contractors who have handled a lot of projects will have many satisfied customers who are ready and willing to vouch for their expertise. Indeed, any roofing contractor who does a good job will be very likely to ask his satisfied clients if they would refer them new ones.
So if your prospective contractor hesitates or demurs when you ask for references, that should be a big red flag. Check out the contractor’s website to look for testimonials or reviews posted by their customers. If any contact information is available, take the time to call, write or even visit these people to ask about their roofing job.
You should be concerned about two elements of any roofing contractor – the technical capability to deliver the value you’re looking for, and the reliability and professionalism involved in engaging with clients. Your ideal roofing contractor will be technically competent and pleasant to work with.
How to find a good roofing contractor?
You have many options to find a good roofing contractor. The best may be to ask a few friends, neighbors or family members who have had roof work done. If they are in the same geographic location as yourself, this may be the first thing to do.
Looking at classified advertisements or newspaper ads may not always uncover the best choice for your needs. Searching for roofing contractors on the Web is a good alternative. You may be surprised to discover many in your vicinity who can execute your project effectively. And online you’ll be able to learn a lot about each roofing contractor even before the first meeting. A well designed website will feature several things including the contractor’s experience, previous projects and a list of clients you can contact for feedback.
All of this makes your job easy and quick. Regardless of how you start looking for a roofing contractor, be sure to ask them the two critical questions first:
1. What is your roofing company’s address and where do you work?
2. Whom can I contact to ask about your services?
The handful of roofing contractors who cross the barrier you pose with these questions will all be equally suitable to manage your roof repair or construction.