Whether you are buying a roof for your new house or replacing an old one, this is going to be a serious investment. Proper roof installment is not only expensive but it also contributes to the security and appearance of a house. It is important to choose an honest and trustworthy roofing company that will provide you with a high quality service for a reasonable price. There are several things you should do prior to hiring a roofing contractor.

    1. Ask around.
      A word of mouth is a powerful thing. Try to ask the people you know from your area about their experience with roofing contractors. It would be beneficial for you to hire someone from your local community, because they would have well established connections with the local crew and suppliers and a stable reputation. Companies without a good reputation may simply vanish, close or disappear, leaving you with a useless warranty.
    2. Narrow your search.
      Move forward and look at the fees they charge, the warranties and services they offer. Do not chase the lowest price, because the quality of such service might be below satisfactory.
    3. Check the licenses.
      Ensure that the roofing contractor has a required licensing for your area by asking them to provide you with a copy of it. If you are unsure about the licensing requirements, contact the licensing board, Professional Regulation Department or any other institution which is responsible for this matter.
    4. Verify business legitimacy.
      Ask roofing contractors for their office and email address, phone, website and tax identification number to be sure that they are real business companies.
    5. Research the ratings.
      Check out the Better Business Bureau website to see the ratings of different contractors and determine the level of the roofing service they provide. The score contractors have on BBB is the most reliable evaluation of their performance level. Stay away from those companies that do not exist on this website, because it is likely that they lack some documentation.
    6. Ask for a proof of insurance.
      Make sure that the insurance provided by the contractor covers the whole time-span of the project. It should also include the working compensation and liability coverage. This part of the insurance is the most significant one, because if contractor gets injured while working on your property, he may try to suit you. Avoid the lawsuit by checking the insurance in advance.

  1. Check the knowledge.
    Interview the contractor about your project and ask him/her all the questions you may have. He/she should be able to answer all of them, showing knowledge in the roofing sphere and proving to be the best roofer. They should also be able to offer you different types of shingles and other roofing materials.
  2. Get a warranty.
    Carefully read the warranty for the project, determine and possibly negotiate all the actions or exceptions that may void your warranty for the roof. It is important that the warranty contains workmanship coverage, because the way a roof is installed has a significant influence of its lifespan. Thus, without this coverage, if any roof damage shows up in a couple of years, you will have to pay for the repairs and insurance would no longer cover the expenses.
  3. Communication is the key.
    Pay close attention to the way your possible future contractor replies to your calls, written inquiries and sends back the documentation you have asked for. If no proper response follows in a short period of time, then it is reasonable for you to have some concerns about the company.
  4. Have a control.
    Demand a written contract or proposal from the roofing contractor. It should include an official estimate of all the costs and expenses, length of the project and the time each working shift starts and ends. Be sure they also mention the amount of people that will be working on your roof, the safety precautions that will be taken by them and their clean-up methods.

Taking your time to find the best possible roofing contractor is totally worth it. If you decide to skip this part and simply pick the first one or the cheapest one, you may end up paying more money in the end. So revise all the options available and hire reliable professionals.