“I received a few estimates from different roofing contractors and I think I’m going to go with the cheapest one.“
We hear this statement often, but it is not always the best option to go with the cheapest roofer. You might be selling your home in the near future and not want to spend a lot of money on the roof, but there are different roofing systems that you can put on the roof if you don’t want to spend top dollar rather than going with a bad roofer. Your roof is a huge expense on your home, so you want to make sure it is done correctly. There are so many things you have to consider when choosing a roofing contractor, or else you might have to pay thousands to get your “cheap” roof fixed later.
Here are some things we suggest you consider:
- Make sure they are licensed and don’t use subcontractors.
- If the roofer is licensed, they should pull the appropriate permits for reroof jobs. Surprisingly, not all companies pull permits, so make sure it is included before agreeing to have work done. It is required by law to have a permit for reroof jobs, so you could be penalized if you do not have one.
- Consider how long the company has been in business. We have been in business for 30+ years and plan to continue to stay in business. We hear a lot that people have roofs installed with great warranties and then a couple years later, they are no longer in business. Unfortunately, the consumer has no warranty and is stuck with a roof that leaks that they must pay out of pocket for.
- Make sure the company has insurance. If your roofing contractor does not carry workers compensation insurance, you might get into trouble. If their employee gets hurt working on your roof, they could go after you and your insurance.
- See how long the warranty is. Quality of work and materials are articulated with the warranty given. We give a 10 year warranty on shingle roofs and have seen some roofing contractors only give a 2 year warranty. As stated previously, it is important to also check how long the company has been conducting business.
- Check reviews online and ask around about the company.