If you’re a homeowner in Fort Collins, you know how scary hiring a roof contractor can be. When you consider roofing is one of the most expensive home improvement projects a homeowner can undertake, you can’t afford to get it wrong. It is, therefore, important that you take your time, consider all your options and choose the best roofing contractor possible. It seems like an overwhelming task to take on, doesn’t it? Well, it shouldn’t be.
Talking to experienced roofing professionals throughout the decision process can help you successfully execute the project.
Here are three things to consider before you hire a roofing contractor:
Ask your family, friends and neighbors. To find a roofing contractor you can put your trust in, your friends and neighbors can help. Ask around, anyone who has had their roof repaired or replaced. Which contractor did they hire and what was the experience like? Did they get their money’s worth? If the contractor your friends hired did a great job, they will probably do an equally great job with your roof.
Conduct a background check. Take a list of roofing contractors you have complied and find out a little more about each of them. Confirm their licensing and insurance status in your state. Also, verify the contact information they have put up for their business. It is also a good idea to contact the state’s chamber of commerce and find out if there are other things about the company you should be concerned with. In addition, check the company’s online reputation and reviews.
Schedule an appointment. After background checks and testimonials from friends and neighbors, it is time to meet with the companies you have shortlisted. You should by now have a list of two or three roofing contractors. Meet the contractors and discuss the project with them. Meeting at your home is preferable to meeting them at their offices because at your home, they can see the roof and give you estimates of cost and the time it will take to complete the project. In most cases, reputable roofing contractors will provide a free estimate. You’ll be working with this contractor on a personal level, so it’s really important that you mesh on a personal level with the contractor.
Now that you have some information on which roofing contractors might be the best fit; it’s time to make a decision. Choose one of the contractors and sign a contract for the project. The contract should detail everything that needs to be done from the beginning of the project to the end in writing. If you have any questions on the items listed in your proposal, you should feel comfortable in an open dialogue your contractor. After all, it’s your roofing contractor’s job to make the process as easy as possible.