The roof is one of the easiest elements to overlook when thinking about your home. It’s often only when there is a problem with your roof that you even notice it. But as any good real estate agent will tell you: a well installed and properly maintained roof is a critical element that makes your home much more marketable to prospective buyers. It not only protects you and your family from the elements, but it adds structural stability as well as being a major component of your home’s overall aesthetic appeal. All of these are reasons that homeowners need to be well-informed when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor for a roof repair or replacement.
The first step every homeowner should do it to arm themselves with a list of key questions to ask the roofing contractors that they are seeking bids from. The lowest priced quote is not always the best deal when you consider that it may cost you time, money and frustration down the road if they provide inferior product or do a shoddy job with the installation. It’s true that improper installation can also void the warranty the manufacturer offers on the roofing product – so choosing a knowledgeable, experienced and certified roofing contractor is critical.
Additionally, you’ll want to do your own research to investigate the reputation of the potential roofer you are thinking of hiring. Do a basic “Google” search to see what their reviews are like (on 3rd party independent websites like HomeAdvisor.com, ThumbTack.com or Angie’s List.) Do not make a decision without doing this research first. Homeowners who only consider the reviews that the roofing contractor chooses to post on their own website are doing themselves a huge disservice by limiting their scope in this manner. The same story goes for only checking the references that they provide. You’ll want to do your due diligence to get honest feedback on the quality of their work and service from an impartial (and real) past customer.