How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Monday, May 18 2015 10:41 AM

When your roof needs repaired or replaced, it’s very important to choose the right contractor for the job. There are many less-than- reputable companies out there taking roofing jobs and leaving homeowners with less-than-desirable result. Here are a few ways you can be sure you’re choosing a roofer who is right for the job.

Licensed and Insured

The only roofing companies you should concern yourself with are those that are licensed and insured. They should mention on their website if this is the case (it’s not achoosing a roofing contracter good sign if they don’t have a website) and they should be more than happy to provide you with the relevant information.

Get an Estimate

A quality roofer will be able to provide you with a detailed estimate before any work is performed. The estimate should include total cost and how long the job will take, including clean-up time. Beware of unusually low estimates by a roofer, as it likely means they are cutting corners or are not insured.

Stay Local

Whenever a storm rolls through Kansas, you’ll start seeing roofers canvassing affected neighborhoods offering their services. These are the situations when you can get burned by fly-by-night, out-of-state companies looking for a quick buck. Don’t let this happen to you.

Do your research on companies offering their services. Your best bet is to go with a local roofing company that will be most familiar with the right kinds of permits, materials and regulations for your area. You will also have the added benefit of knowing a local company will still be around after the work is done to honor their warranties and guarantees when the storm-chasers have moved on.

Vendor-Certified

A quality roofer will have certifications and affiliations with roofing manufacturers as qualified installers. When a manufacturer trusts a company with their name, it gives you an added level of trust with the company as well. As a certified installer, they will also be able to provide you with the best price for the roofing materials they use.

Permits

It’s likely that your roofing project will require permits from the city or municipality where you live. There may even be additional requirements from your homeowner association that need to be addressed. Your contractor should not ignore these important details even though there is cost and time involved. You don’t want your project shut down midway through because your contractor didn’t take the proper steps beforehand.

Manners and Communication

When you contact a roofing company, how do they treat you? Are they polite and attentive or do they treat you like a number? First impressions will likely be a good indication of how the entire project will be handled. A good company will have people who are happy to work for you and will show it. If you are treated like an inconvenience, it’s time to find another company that will value your business.

Qualified Experts

Many handyman types will claim they can fix or replace a roof for a cheap price, but you get what you pay for. This isn’t the person you want working on a major structural element of your biggest investment – your home. This could cause you expensive problems down the road. Shoddy work will have to be redone or replaced and you’ll wish you had gone with a qualified expert in the first place.

If you’re looking for qualified, local, certified, licensed and insured roofing repair or replacement, contact All Seasons Construction for a free consultation and estimate at (316) 685-1700 today.

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