Choosing a roofing contractor can be daunting. A new roof or major repair is a huge undertaking, both financially and in ensuring your home or business’ structural integrity.
To that end, it’s essential to work with a contractor you can trust and who will stand behind their work from day one through the coming years and, even, decades. Not sure where to start? These five pro tips will help you choose a roofing company worthy of your confidence and your business.
#1. Go Local
Look for a roofing company established in your community — a company who’s personally invested in building a reputation among you and your neighbors. Chances are, your dollar will go further and you’ll get better service and a quality roof that goes the distance.
That’s not the only perk, though. A local contractor will be more familiar with area zoning requirements, building codes and other regulations that may impact your roofing project. That can save you endless headaches and hassles — and, potentially, more than a few dollars.
#2. Insurance is a MUST
Never choose a contractor who doesn’t have worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Insurance protects you and ensures the project and labor costs are covered should something go wrong — think accidents, slips and falls and other major issues.
#3. Be Wary of Rock-Bottom Prices
In this business, you definitely get what you pay for. It’s good to be competitive — Baker Roof & Gutter absolutely prides itself on meeting your timeline and your budget. But cheap bids aren’t our game, and you should be wary of someone who comes in way below every other estimate. Some roofing contractors are able to offer unusually low prices by skimping in other areas, such as insurance, poor-quality materials, expertise and skilled labor. While it might be good for your bottom line today, in the coming months or years you’re likely going to pay for that choice over and over again — and will likely invest more in the long-run.
#4. Skip Gimmicks and “Storm Chasers”
Don’t trust the gimmicky sales people — this isn’t the same as buying a box of Girl Scout Cookies or a chocolate bar for charity. If someone knocks on your door and says you have damage from a recent storm and need to sign a letter of intent, call your insurance company and ask for a recommendation. Don’t trust the door-knocker, period.
You never have to sign a letter of intent and should see these tactics for what they are – an attempt to canvas you and take advantage. Take your time choosing a contractor. Ask for referrals in your community and find someone local you can trust.
#5. Get a Written Contract
Project delays, unforeseen costs, weather and other issues can lead to a slower-than-expected project — and bad feelings all around. Getting the job details in writing is the best way to avoid issues and ensure the finished product is exactly what you expected. Discuss payment, completion time, labor and other factors upfront, then sign on the line.
Last but not least, look for a roofing contractor that understands the value of communication. A great contractor will return your calls, send you the documents you request, follow up with you and work hard to communicate next steps and status every step of the way. If they don’t communicate well in the beginning, you can bet they’re not going to respond when you have a problem later.
Baker Roof & Gutter is a family-owned and operated roofing contractor who’s been serving the Memphis area for more than 15 years. We’ve worked with the same crew members for more than a decade, and look forward to putting our years of experience to work for you. Call us today at (901) 574-7775 to schedule a free estimate. If we’re not the best contractor for the job, we’ll recommend another trusted company in our community.