When it comes to any type of home improvement project, you’ve probably been told to “get three estimates.” This isn’t necessarily bad advice, but it’s incomplete advice. We explain what to look for in a roofing contractor — and how many estimates you should really get before you decide on an installer.
How to Choose a Roofing Company
Replacing a roof is a big job, not to mention a big investment. Before you open your wallet, you want to make sure the roofing company you choose will deliver a high-quality product that’s made to last. When choosing among the various roofing companies in your area, look for:
Experience – Specifically, ask about the experience of the crew that will work on your job. How long have the senior members of the installation team been installing roofs? How many properties like yours have they worked on? Your roofing company should be happy to answer these questions. If they are reluctant to divulge information, you might want to keep looking.
Longevity – It’s also important to note how long the roofing company itself has been in business. It’s an unfortunate reality that contractors can close shop when a lawsuit threatens, only to reopen under a different name down the road. Has the roofing company been around for years? Decades? In this industry, longevity is a key consideration to keep in mind.
Price – How much is a new roof? It’s a question we hear often. The short answer is: It depends on the house. It also depends on the quality of workmanship that goes into the installation. Price is definitely a factor when it comes to choosing a roofing company, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you consider. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. When it comes to your roof, cheap will almost certainly cost you more in the long run.
Customer Service – A roofing company sells you a product (your roof), but it should also sell you exemplary service. Most homeowners will only install one roof in their lifetime, or maybe two if they move houses. Because it’s a purchase you don’t make often, it’s normal to have a lot of questions about it. Does the roofing company take time to walk you through the process? Is it easy to get in touch with company representatives? Are they receptive to your needs? If you have trouble getting a rep on the phone now, what happens if you have questions weeks or months after your roof is installed? Look for a company that makes it a point to offer outstanding customer service.
How Many Estimates Do You Need?
Many people say you shouldn’t undertake any type of home improvement project until you’ve gathered three estimates. The reality is that you should get as many estimates as you need to make an informed decision you can feel good about.
When you talk to roofing companies, ask how long they’ve been in business, what kind of experience they have and how much your project will cost. You can usually judge the quality of their customer service based on their answers. Instead of limiting yourself to a set number of estimates, consider roofing companies until you find the best one for your project.
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