A roof is the hat to your house’s head. Would you go out hatless in a rainstorm (assuming you weren’t carrying an umbrella)? What about in a hail storm? Would you walk hatless through a construction zone? Of course not! Just as you need hats, your house needs a roof. A sturdy, solid roof is essential to protecting you, your family, and your house throughout all four seasons, no matter what the skies throw at it. That’s why learning how to choose a roofing contractor is so important. You can’t trust just anyone with your roof. By learning how to choose a roofing contractor, you ensure that you’ll find someone knowledgeable, experienced, and reliable.
How to Choose a Roofing Contractor
- Avoid amateurs. That includes you! Unless the job is very simple, you probably aren’t qualified to construct or repair a roof. When you climb up onto a high roof, you’re risking both your roof’s stability and your safety. Would you risk your life for a few battered shingles? I certainly hope not.
- Find a specialist. Many general housing contractors claim that they can construct and repair roofs, but it’s not something they do often and they haven’t spent much time honing their skills. When you’re learning how to choose a roofing contractor, it should go unsaid that you need to find an actual roofing contractor, not a general handyman who’s fixed a few roofs. A true professional will deliver a strong, flawless roof that adheres to all code ordinances and safety restrictions.
- Be sure they are licensed, insured, and bonded. This protects you and ensures that your roof is being completed by a qualified professional. If any accidents occur or any damage is done, your home or business insurance will not be responsible as long as the roofing contractor is licensed and insured. If the company uses subcontractors, check that they are insured as well.
- Ask about trash duty. Depending on the project, roofing can be quite messy. Many contractors simply throw down any old shingles or nails, leaving your lawn littered in trash. This can be very dangerous. Rusty nails and sharp splinters, hidden in the grass, pose a significant health threat to you and your family. Other contractors place nails, staples, and shingles safely on a tarp so that they can easily be thrown away. Before you hire a roofing contractor, ask how your contractor will dispose of trash. Don’t hire anyone who isn’t concerned about properly disposing of old roofing materials.
- Look into the details. Read the warranty information and the contract. Ask about the price. Will the contractor be using subcontractors and if so, are they qualified and experienced? Will there be any extra fees? Have they received good feedback from previous customers? All of these details will help you narrow down your search and find that perfect roofing contractor.
If you’re interested in replacing or repairing your commercial or residential roofing system and you live in the Springfield, Missouri area, give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-877-7548 or click here to get a free quote. It’s that easy!