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Tips to Choose the Right Roofing Contractor

If you've ever had any experience working with contractors, you will know that finding the right contractor for your project entails much more than finding the lowest possible price. Like many others, we at Roofing Specialists believe that less tangible items, such as your ability to communicate and feeling comfortable working with your contractor, are very important. These factors will be very important to your eventual satisfaction with the job. With that in mind, we've prepared some tips for you to find the best contractors for your job.

Ask for References

If you're able, it's best to talk to homeowners or businesses the contractor has done work for. Were they satisfied with the work? Was the work finished? Did the contractor keep to the agreed upon price and schedule? Were phone calls to the contractor returned? Is the contractor likely to be around in the years to come in case you have a problem or need warranty work?

Compare Apples to Apples

Make sure your bids are written down for you. This way you can compare each bid you receive to ensure they cover the same work. This way, if you understand exactly what each contractor will do to fix your roof, you'll be able to make an "apples-to-apples" comparison.

Don't automatically accept the lowest bid

There's an old saying "you get what you pay for" that could be applied here. A higher bid may be worth the price in better materials, workmanship, reliability, and warranties. A large number of complaints filed against contractors are the result of homeowners taking the lowest bid without taking all the other factors under consideration. The low quality work or unwillingness of the contractor to come back if there are problems lead to the unhappy homeowner.

Make sure your contractor is properly licensed and insured

What if a roofer accidentally dents your car, breaks a window or, heaven forbid, drops something from the roof and hurts someone? A Rock Springs contractor tore off a roof with space sheathing and didn't cover it before the crew left for the night. When he came back to the unoccupied home the next day after it had rained, the interior of the house was damaged to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

Does the contractor offer a labor warranty, as well as materials warranty?

All shingle manufacturers offer some type of materials warranty, although some warranties are better than others. But, does your contractor offer a labor warranty? If not, then even if a manufacturer replaces defective materials, who will put the new material on? The homeowner could be stuck with the cost without a labor warranty. Our manufacturer's roof warranties are the best in the business, including labor. In addition, we offer a contractor's "3-Year, No Questions Asked" come back warranty.

Has the contractor received any certification indicating they understand the building code and the requirements for your roof?

Only a small handful of contractors have taken the time or effort to learn the International Building Code or city codes thoroughly and take the Wyoming Trade Certification exam. Being certified insures your contractor knows the code and won't cut corners, knowingly or not, on the things that protect your house the most.

Do you trust this contractor to work on your home?

Will they value what you value? Will they respect your property by providing a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free environment? When it comes down to it, the most important thing to check is your own gut feeling. How do you feel about this contractor working on what is probably your single largest investment — your home? Why would you risk your most valuable asset?
If you want the job done right, call Roofing Specialists for your free estimate today at 307-922-3208!