When you notice that your roof is starting to fail, it is important to get it fixed as quickly as possible. However, you want a reputable roofing contractor to do the work. Not getting it done right will just result in further problems.
Talk to Friends and Neighbors
You likely know someone in your area that has had their roof repaired or replaced recently. Ask them who they used and if they would recommend them. Word of mouth is very powerful and happy customers are always happy to share the businesses that they liked best. Of course, a referral is just a referral and you should always consider more than one contractor. It is a good idea to get a list of three to five together. If you talk to enough people, or look up a local Internet forum that has this type of information, you will have no idea getting a list together.
National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
This is an organization that lists a variety of trusted contractors. You can plug in your address and find the local roofers on the list. You will be able to gain access to a worksheet about those in your area so that you can narrow down your choices. Things like lawsuits against the company if there is any and how long the company has been in business are on this website. The company’s licensing and insurance is also listed. This is critical because without the proper licensing and insurance you could find yourself in hot water.
This cannot be said enough times: make sure that the companies you are considering have the right insurance. If the right insurance is not there and someone working on your roof gets hurt, you will be liable. To protect your investment in a new roof or repairs and to protect yourself against liability, check their insurance. If the contractor is a bit shy about discussing insurance, move on to someone who is open and honest.
Years of Experience
New companies can be really good, but it is a good idea to choose a business with experience and a reputable track record. This way you can be sure that if you need to do something like take advantage of your warranty that you will be able to. In the tough economy, a new company may not last long, despite how good they may be, and this could come back to hurt you should you need help down the road.