Finding a Roofing Contractor

There are various ways to start looking for the roofing contractor who addresses your specific needs. Referrals are clearly the best source of names of reliable companies. Ask relatives and friends whom they have used before.

Get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce to know which contractors are popular in the area. Great sources of leads as well are the Better Business Bureau, your phone book’s yellow pages, your state and local licensing authorities, and of course, local trade associations, not to mention local construction product suppliers.

Here are things to consider before hiring a roofing contractor:

Job Quality

The best way to ensure that your new roof will not leak and will be durable life is to go with a quality shingle product, and to sure that the shingles are installed properly – good workmanship is what makes a roof shed water.

Shingle Quality

Don’t hesitate to buy a quality shingle product from a top manufacturer, no matter if it may cost more, but that’s not where it ends. When installed the wrong way, even the highest quality shingle will not work best for you. The primary sources of asphalt shingle roofing installation standards include the National Roofing Contractors Association (NCRA) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association (ARMA). Roofing products are also measured as per ASTM standards.

Roofer’s Reputation and Experience

Before you hire ANY roofing contractor, check with your local consumer affairs office and read online reviews from local customers.

Shingle Installation Supervision

You have to be sure that the team will actually perform as they must, or are at least supervised on a daily basis by a professional. Plenty of roofing companies have salesmen or prime contractors selling the job but sending less than qualified installers who work with little or zero expert supervision.

Roof Maintenance

Before you commit to a roofer, ensure that you discuss regular roof inspections, the condition of your under-roof or attic ventilation, any irregularities on your roof, and how to deal with them.

After coming up with a list of contractor prospects, take time assessing each of them meticulously. A good contractor will be glad to give any information you may need, such as:

> business name and address

> experience

> licensing/bonding/insurance (ask for proof)

> professional and credit references

> warranty

To summarize, you need a roofing contractor who is knowledgeable about good roofing practices and roof flashing details, how to resolve problem spots on building roofs, and alternative roof covering products like shingle types and colors, low slope roofing, and the rest.

A good roofer will give you with smart advice regarding products, explanation of procedures, and, most importantly, solid results. It’s a challenge to determine the real capabilities of a contractor, but with a bit of research, some planning and tons of common sense, it will get easier.

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