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What You Need to Know When Hiring Residential Roofing Contractors

Do you need to hire a roofing contractor? If so, you’ll soon discover there are many of them out there, each with their own specialties and services. How do you find the right one for your needs? Understanding what makes a good roofing contractor will help you make an informed choice when hiring residential roofers. The type of work you need done as well as your budget will determine which contractors to interview. The following details can help make that process easier.

Research and ask around

To find the best contractors, start by researching the companies in your area. Ask family and friends for recommendations, and use online directories to find contractors. You can find out about licensing and insurance requirements for roofing contractors on the website of your state’s Department of Labor or Contractor’s Licensing Board. You can also search online for roofing contractors and read their reviews from customers. While you can’t always believe everything you read, reviews can be helpful in determining which contractors are reputable.

Choosing the right materials

There are many different materials used in roofing, each with its own set of pros and cons. Finding the right roofing material for your roof will depend on factors like your roof’s composition, your budget, and any local building codes or restrictions. Metal – Metal roofing is a great option for any type of roof, including those with slopes. It comes in many colors and designs, including standing-seam and corrugated styles. It’s also durable and long-lasting, and can add to the value of your home. On the downside, it’s much heavier than other types of roofing, and therefore harder to install. Asphalt shingles – These are by far the most common type of roofing material. These shingles are available in a variety of colors and textures and cost less than other materials. On the downside, asphalt shingles only last around 15 to 20 years, and installing them can be messy. Slate shingles – If you want a unique roof, slate shingles are a beautiful and durable option. They’re also very expensive, so they’re not a good option if you’re trying to save money. Tile – Tile roofs are very durable, and are another great choice if you want a unique look. They come in various colors, textures, and patterns, and they’re low-maintenance. Tile roofs can be pricey, though, and they’re heavier than asphalt shingles, which could make installation harder. Wood shingles – Wood shingles are another beautiful option for a unique roof. They are made from dimensional or treated lumber that has been pressed together. You’ll want to factor in the cost of maintenance of your roof, including repairs, replacement, and cleaning.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate

When it comes to pricing, don’t be afraid to negotiate. Roofers and contractors often have a lot of room to adjust their quotes based on the materials used, the time it takes to do the work, and the amount of hassle they have to deal with from neighbors and homeowners. Keep in mind that the contractor you choose may be doing work for other people in your neighborhood at the same time. If they’re running behind schedule, they may try to get you to agree to a shorter time frame for completion than they originally quoted. If you’re not willing to shorten the completion time, don’t be afraid to tell them no.

Viewing the job site

While you can’t always be there when the contractors are working, inspecting the job site and workers can reveal a lot about the quality of their work. Look for these clues that the work is high quality: The crews are wearing protective equipment such as gloves, goggles, and earplugs. The workers are using quality materials such as galvanized nails, quality shingles, and high-quality flashings. The workers are using the correct construction techniques. The workers are keeping the job site clean and organized. Don’t be afraid to ask the contractor about their methods and materials. For example, if you see the workers are using asphalt shingles instead of metal, ask why. If they can’t offer a good reason, you might want to pass on hiring them.

Hiring a roofing contractor – Your checklist

Before you hire a roofer, make sure they have all the proper licensing, insurance, and certifications. You’ll also want to review their work history and references. Here are some other questions to ask before hiring a contractor: What type of work do they specialize in? Roofing, siding, etc.? Do they do reroofs or full tear-offs? How many roofs do they do each year? How long have they been in business? What type of materials do they use? Do they use contractors or sub-contractors for the work? What type of warranty does the work come with? You’ll also want to look for a contractor who is honest and easy to work with. A good contractor can help you navigate the roofing process, including any rebates you may be eligible for and paperwork you’ll need to complete.