When it’s time to repair or maintain your roof, or if you’re building a brand new roof after an extension or remodeling project, it is absolutely essential that you find the right team for the job. Your roof can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home or office, so you want to make sure that it’s done to your exacting standards and safety expectations.
Contractors provide a range of services and specialties that should be tailored to meet your demands. Check out Christian Brothers Roofing to find out more about quality and professional roof replacement, repair, inspection or commercial roofing.
If it’s time for you to start looking for a contractor, we’ve got some essentials for you to think about.
Ask around for referrals. Nothing works quite like word of mouth advertising and when your friends, family or colleagues have had a good experience with a contractor, chances are you will too. Remember that supporting local businesses is a great way to contribute to your local economies, so when you can – think local.
Check out the BBB (Better Business Bureau) Ratings
You’re going to find the good, the bad and the ugly at the BBB. Here, customers just like you have rated and commented about their experiences. You obviously want the best that you can get, but also read the comments about issues that consumers experienced – and what the contractor did to rectify them.
A contractor that doesn’t have a safety program or who can’t produce certificates that show themselves as up to date with the latest trends, compliances and best practice standards of the industry, may not be the people you want working on a project as important as your roof. The Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence is a national training organization that has trained more than 200,000 professionals in the industry. It doesn’t mean that if your contractor hasn’t been trained by them that they don’t know what they’re doing, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
Make The Right Decisions For You
The golden rule of getting at least three estimates is as true now as it has ever been, and even though you shouldn’t necessarily go for the cheapest just because they’re the cheapest, so to you shouldn’t be pressured into going for the priciest either. Each project is unique and you have to find the right solutions for your project, budget, time frame and expectations.
Double Check Your Service Guarantee and Warranty
Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor what types of service guarantees or warranties they offer, and then get those in writing if they don’t have them as such already. A roofing project is not likely to be the least expensive of all home or office improvement projects, so make sure that you’re getting the very best for every dollar you’re spending.
Be Part of the Process
Check what materials you have available to you in relation to the specific demands of your project. That means being actively engaged with your contractor when they come to do the initial inspection. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to in order to be fully empowered to make the best decision for you.
Every maintenance, repair, replacement or remodeling project must start with an initial inspection.
If you’re lucky enough to live in some of the most beautiful parts of the country, chances are you’re also prone to some regular storm damage. Although storm damage can happen anywhere at any time, you’ll want to ensure that your contractor can get to you in good time and offer the right service for the job.
If your insurer cannot present proof of insurance coverage, in short – don’t use them. Nothing brings disaster faster than a contractor that can’t cover accidents, emergencies or inferior workmanship whether it’s by their fault or otherwise.
Check out your Roofers Partners
Ever heard the saying, birds of a feather, flock together? It doesn’t just apply to social connections, it applies to professional connections too. Successful businesses tend to do business with successful people themselves.
Four words: Licenses, insurance, certifications, and experience. You want to check for all of these in your private property work too, but certainly in your commercial projects where the opportunity for legal exposure is so much more pronounced.
Roofing doesn’t have to be complicated and a good contractor is a great place to start.