The decision to have a new roof installed is not one to be made lightly. Whether it’s a new roof system or partial repair work, a large amount of money will most likely be needed for this important investment. But for many homeowners the hardest part of the process does not involve choosing the right roofing materials. Their deepest anxiety is caused by a worry of trust. Who can they trust to provide a quality roofing system at a fair price?
The following advice can help homeowners make the best decision:
Remember, price is only one of many reasons for selecting a roofing contractor. Be skeptical of a bid that seems really low. As the old saying goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” A roof protects everyone and everything under it. Deciding to hire the cheapest roofing contractor available may put your family and all your belongings at great risk.
Because you already trust close personal friends, ask them for references. Have they, or perhaps someone they know, recently hired a roofing contractor? Their recommendations should be more credible because they don't have an ulterior motive. Try to get these references from as many in your personal circle as possible.
Insist on working with a professional roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship should be primary decision issues. But before you decide which roofing contractor to hire, spend some time learning about any and all roofing contractors in your area. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) offers a Residential Roofing Contractor Qualification Form to help homeowners prequalify roofing contractors. This form can be downloaded from the associations website: www.nrca.net.
Having roof work done on your home is important for so many reasons. But it doesn’t have to be a stressful event. Take time in making your selection and be patient. A trustworthy roofing contractor is awaiting your call.