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     When the time has come for you to purchase a new roof, you want to be sure that you are hiring reliable, honest, hardworking roofing contractors to take care of the roof replacement for you.  Just like with most companies, you will find that there is a wide range of promises that roofers make, prices that they offer, products that they recommend, and guarantees for how quickly they can get the job done.  Purchasing a new roof is a big investment for your home, and it may be a good idea to interview a few possible roofing contractors, in order to compare them and make an educated decision about who is going to do the best job for you.  Remember, the cheapest price may not be the best option, for this important purchase.

Deciding which roofing contractor to choose will require you to consider certain things.  For a list of ideas that you should investigate, please continue reading below.

  • What is the roofing contractor’s experience? Have they been in business for a long time, and do they have some valid references that you can investigate? Are they apart of a roofing association or are they recommended by another professional that you have worked with previously?
  • Can the contractor provide evidence of licensing and insurance? Appropriate licensing and liability insurance is extremely important.  Ask to see a copy of their insurance certificate and ensure that the date is valid through the time that they will be working on your property.  The best practice is to be too prepared than to find out later that the contractor doesn’t have adequate insurance.
  • Does the contractor offer a warranty of their work? If so, ensure that the warranty is in writing.  Many roofing companies will offer some type of limited warranty, which typically covers issues related to improper installation methods.
  • Ensure that you understand their working procedures. When can they begin the project?  How long will the roof replacement take?  Do you have to do anything special to prepare for their arrival?  What is their clean-up policy?  It is always a good idea to have all of these questions, and others that you have, written down and agreed upon, prior to the commencement of the work.  If you want any changes made to their offer, make sure this is discussed at the very beginning.
  • Is the work completed by their own employees or do they use roofing subcontractors? If subcontractors are going to be doing the work, ensure they are also covered by liability insurance that is provided by the roofing contractor.

When it is time for you to invest your own time, energy, and money into a new roof for your home, it is important for you to take the time, initially, to find the best roofing contractor for your particular purpose.  Make the investment to interview a few contractors.  Compare and contrast all that they have to offer.  Ensure that they provide you with all of the appropriate paperwork that is needed, prior to the job scheduling, and then, let the chosen roofing contractor help guide you through this whole new process of purchasing a new roof.  They are the professionals who do this all of the time, but it is up to you to choose wisely who you elect to do the work.