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7 Steps to Choosing a Roofing Contractor

7 Steps to Choosing a Roofing Contractor

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October 21, 2009

Replacing a roof can be quite expensive. Hiring a reputable, professional roofing contractor to handle your roofing needs is a wise way to ensure that you get a high quality roof that lasts for decades.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Choosing the best roofing contractor can seem daunting, but these steps make the process easier:

  1. Start with careful research. Look for roofing contractors with evidence of a solid work history. Ask for referrals, and check their background with the Better Business Bureau and professional organizations, such as the National Roofing Contractor Association.
  2. Educate yourself. The more you know about roofing materials and roofing replacement procedures, the better equipped you are when it's time to interview the contractors. Take time to learn about the process, the business, and the requirements necessary to keep your roof up to code.
  3. Narrow down the options. Choose a few of the most reputable roofing contractors to interview. Talk with them about the options for your roofing replacement, and listen closely as they discuss the procedures and costs. Don't be afraid to ask questions, and get the important details in writing.
  4. Consider the warranty. Roofing replacement is not cheap. The warranty for workmanship and materials ensures that you get your money's worth for years to come. It might be worth paying a bit extra to get the best and most extensive warranty available.
  5. Review the contracts. The contract with your roofing contractor is meant to protect both of you, so make certain it does. At the very least, it should have clear descriptions of all work to be performed, as well as the materials to be used, total pricing, tentative pricing of additional costs that might come into play, and a payment schedule. It should be presented on professional letterhead.
  6. Get proof of insurance. Before you choose a contractor, make certain they can provide proof of insurance. Again, this is meant to protect everyone involved in the roofing replacement process.
  7. Make your choice. A contractor should win you over with an excellent warranty, a history of good work, and a trustworthy attitude. When you are comfortable in your decision, contact your chosen contractor and set up a date to get started.

Roofing Replacement Made Easy

With the right roofing contractor, you get peace of mind in knowing your roofing replacement is in great hands. Take the time to make the right decision, then sit back and enjoy your new roof!

About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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