Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor
When you roof springs a leak during the first big rain of the season, or, worse still, you suffer serious damage from a storm, you’re going to need a proven roofing contractor to tackle your repair or replacement challenges. You need a roofing professional you can trust for solid advice and straightforward explanations – not to mention excellent results. But, we know it can be difficult for some people to go by first impressions alone, so we’ve put together a list of steps you can take to ensure you have a positive experience.
STEP 1: Finding Local Contractors
The very best way to find a local contractor is through a referral from someone you trust. If that’s not a possibility, you can always reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce or the Better Business Bureau for their recommendation. However, today your best option is to use Google Search to find a reputable contractor. Why? Well, any company that can afford lead generation of this type will be there for years to come. And, even more importantly, they’ll have all their licensing and insurance policies in place.
STEP 2: The Initial Contact
So, you’ve found the roofers you’d like to get estimates from and you’re ready to set your meetings with each one. During your calls, tell each of your perspective roofers that you’ll be getting estimates from three roofers in total. This will help to ensure they’re interested in your project. Be sure to set a time you’ll be available and schedule enough time to spend on the process with each roofer. You don’t want to rush an inspection or detailed explanation of your issue.
Now, you’re going to want to get some relevant information about each roofer during your meeting with their representative. Here are the items we feel are most important to your decision-making:
- Business Name, Address, Phone
- Past Work Experience
- Licensing & Bonding
- Insurance Coverage
- Company References
- Organizational Philosophy
STEP 3: Use Your Time Wisely
You’ve got the roofing contractor on your property. They’ve inspected your roofing and identified what you’re up against. Before they offer an estimate, why not ask them every question you can think of about your roofing needs? Ask them their professional opinion about your roofing, your choice of materials, your design choices, etc. You can benefit from their expertise while they’re there and, if you contact several reputable roofers, you can learn a great deal about your problem and the best solution during your time with them. In short, take full advantage of the time you have and you’ll be better for it – guaranteed.
STEP 4: Now’s The Time
Here’s a great idea – why not take care of all your contracting work at the same time? Wouldn’t it be better to have it all handled simultaneously to minimize the interruptions to your routine? Yes, it would. If you choose a roofing contractor like CB Chandler Roofing you can have your cake and eat it too. We can handle all your general contracting, your electrical work and your your roofing in one planned project. It’s the best way to save time, money and frustration.
STEP 5: Check The Contract Twice
Okay, you’re close to choosing a contractor for your roofing needs. Now, you have estimates and proposals to review and a decision to make. Remember, the estimate is not the final contract. It’s a rough outline of the labor, materials and time required to do your job. The final contract should be much deeper and have the following elements:
- Building Permits
- Start and Completion Dates (including potential for weather delays)
- Products Materials
- Project Inspections
- Site Procedures
- Right-to-Rescind (usually three days)
STEP 6: Check Their References
The final step to take when choosing your roofer is checking their professional references. Any reputable professional will be happy to share all of their pertinent information with you. This includes their suppliers and banking institution, their past customers, and their State licensing and insurance policies. This is common stuff for a contractor to produce, so if given pushback it’s time to call CB Chandler instead. We’re always happy to prove our worth. Just call (804) 362-6504 and schedule your free estimate from the team voted #1 in Richmond!