The roof of your home should last at least ten years, so when it's time to replace it, you want to find reliable roofers, who you can depend on to get the job done correctly and efficiently. There are numerous roofing companies to choose from, so it's important that you take your time when choosing the company to put a roof on your home. So, once you narrow down your choices, how do you decide which roofing company is going to be the best choice for you? To help you decide, here are a few important things to consider when hiring a roofing company.
Written Copy of the Estimate
Did the roofing companies that evaluated your roof provide you with a written estimate? You should always get a written estimate, not a verbal proposal. Without a written estimate, there is no guarantee that what you were told will be valid when it comes time to do the work. A written estimate should clearly outline all of the expected work and an estimated cost for the roofers to do the work. It is essential you protect yourself by understanding exactly what is included in your estimate.
Prompt and Courteous Service
Did the roofing companies you are considering provide prompt and courteous service? In many situations, how you were treated during the initial meeting with the roofing contractor will help you determine the quality of service you will receive after the work is started. For instance, did the roofing company take all of your phone calls and were all of your questions answered in a respectful manner? A sign of a good roofing company is when the roofers, the owner, and/or the office staff are happy to clearly answer any questions you may have about the roofing process.
Policy for Cleanup
One of the most commonly overlooked questions homeowners have when searching for roofers is who will be responsible for the cleanup. Although most roofing companies arrange for a dumpster to be delivered to the job site and then have it removed and emptied when full, some roofing companies may not take responsibility for cleaning up the debris left on the ground. It is essential that you make sure the roofing company will properly clean the areas that were affected by their work. Remember to do a walk-through with the contractor to ensure the area is clean and that there are no damages to your home or the landscaping from falling debris.
It is important that you only choose a roofing company that is insured and meets the city requirements in terms of licensing. It's also important to know in advance how the roofing company expects to be paid; you should not hire a company that expects to be paid up front for a job before it's done. Legitimate roofers will not ask for a down payment or full payment until the work is completed and you are satisfied with the work.