Saturday, May 19, 2012

How to Choose the Right Roofing Company

How to Choose the Right Roofing Company

If you plan on your home lasting a lifetime, proper care and maintenance is a must. From the floor up, there are a lot of areas, if not maintained properly, that can deteriorate the health of the home.

One of the key areas in maintaining a home is proper care of the roof. With the roof being constantly exposed to the natural elements including rain, snow, hail, wind and sun, a poorly installed roof can mean big trouble. From proper framing and construction to drying in the roof, it's essential to ensure they are done correctly.

From new construction to roof remodeling, choosing a reputable, reliable roofing company is vital. There aren't any shortcuts that should be taken on a roofing job.

So how do you find the right roofing company for your home? Allow me to give you some pointers.

First, most roofing companies offer services for new construction as well as remodeling jobs. However, some are more specialized in one or the other. So take a look at where their specialties lie.

Second, if you're skeptical about a certain roofing company or contractor, ask for references. If they don't have any off hand, chances are, they've never been asked that before, they are a brand new company or they aren't a very good company.

Third, most established roofing companies rely and depend on a good reputation. There is no limit to what they'll do to make sure that the word on the streets about their work is a positive one. Word of mouth for roofing companies is their bread and butter. So ask around! Check the online reviews including the BBB or Better Business Bureau or Yelp. These are the two most commonly checked online review sites.

Fourth, sometimes the cheapest bid isn't always the best bid. In choosing your roofing company, make sure you realize that the price isn't the most important factor. Accepting a two thousand dollar lowest bid could turn into a twenty thousand dollar headache later. Choose the roofing company that will do the job right and at a fair price.

Fifth, make sure they have good customer service. Make a call into their office and see how friendly and courteous they are. In the book of business, first impressions are everything. Good companies know this and will hire someone in the front office who represents their company well.

Sixth, see what sort of a warranty they have. How long do they guarantee their roofing job. Does their warranty include material and labor?

Lastly, as much as I'd like to be an advocate for the new guy, I also want to know that my roof is guaranteed. choose a company in which you feel will still be in business for the next decade or so.

I hope these tips will be useful when choosing the right roofing company to do your roofing job. And remember, if you take care of it now the way it should be taken care of, you'll have fewer headaches in the future.

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