How to hire a roofing company: 4 steps to make a difficult process easier
Rain. Wind. Tree limbs. Hail. You may love life in Texas, but our summers can wreak hell on your roof. When a serious storm hits town, so do scammers, along with out-of-town roofers who might be perfectly legit, but also are less experienced with the challenges roofs face here in Texas. They also won’t be around when the roof is five years old and needs repair. But, it’s also a fact that local, reputable roofing contractors can have their schedules completely booked. Whatever the reason that you need a new roof, the process of getting it replaced can seem like its overwhelming. Here is some basic advice for hiring the right contractor for your job.
1. Get the basics for your roof and avoid roofing scammers
If an unsolicited salesperson knocks on your door, don’t let them into your home or up on your roof. Ask that they leave you printed information and make an appointment so that you can do some research on them. If you suspect they are really scammers, record their vehicle’s license plate number to give to local authorities. If they offer a great deal on your deductible or they put any kind of high pressure on you to decide now or to sign anything, just refuse.
Roofing contractors should be willing to supply you with the following information. Eliminate anyone who can’t or won’t.
2. Get and compare roof replacement estimates
Choose three contractors who pass the above requirements. Let each one do an inspection and give you a proposal and estimate in writing. You can limit the quotes to the work your insurance company has said is necessary, or ask that they prepare separate estimates for that work and any other repairs outside of your claim. This will allow you to make more careful comparisons between quotes and ensure that your roofing company is coordinated with your insurance company.
Consider impact-resistant and flame-resistant roofing in your decision. Roofing materials have advanced a lot recently – and so have insurer incentives to use them. A roof that isn’t impact- resistant could cost you more in premiums or deductibles.
The investment needed for the project shouldn’t be the only factor in choosing a roofing contractor. Ask yourself these questions: How did each contractor treat you? Did they answer your materials questions completely and in language you understood? What’s their record of complaints with the BBB?
Call your three prospective roofers’ references. Try to call people close to your neighborhood and whose project sizes are as close as possible to your job. Ask open-ended questions: Were there any problems? How were those problems handled?
Based on your research and interviews, choose your company and ask them to create an agreement for the project.
3. Carefully examine the roofing contract
The contract is a binding document for you, as well as the contractor, so take your time to review it before signing. Make sure that it has the contractor’s name, address, tax ID and phone number printed on it and includes all of the following:
4. After work begins on your roof
Congratulations – you’ve hired a roofing company. There’s still some things you’ll want to do:
For a comprehensive inspection, consultation and free estimate, call Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors for all your new roof installation needs at (512) 333-7663.