Time to find a new roofing contractor?
Congratulations! You’ve decided it’s time to put a little money back into your building and now comes the fun part…finding a dependable roofing contractor.
Okay, so maybe this part actually makes you start to sweat a bit and your stomach gets all knotted up and you can feel a panic attack coming on.
This process can be a lot like a first date. Everybody is on their best behavior and you go out of your way to give that perfect first impression. Similar to a divorce, ending a relationship with a bad contractor can also be very costly.
Here are 5 tips on how to weed out those frogs and find a Prince Charming for your project so you don’t have to worry about breaking up.
Tip #1 – Request References
Most contractors are willing to provide a stock list of HAND-PICKED customers that will sing their praises. You may not be able to completely avoid this but you can ask for certain criteria like:
Tip #2 – Contact the Roofing Material Manufacturer
With just a little bit of leg work you might be able to narrow down your candidate list with the help of the roofing manufacturer:
Tip #3 – Schedule a Face to Face Meeting
Don’t shield yourself and rely on phone calls and emails. Long walks on the beach will only last for so long so use this opportunity to find out more about the contractor and the company. Having a face to face meeting will allow you to get a feel for the company and read body language. Take this opportunity to go over the following:
Tip #4 – Review Their Work
What better way to judge workmanship than actually taking a look at past projects? This could be a great opportunity to see what you might potentially be buying.
Tip #5 – Compare Apples to Apples
You’ve sat down with a couple of roofing contractors and looked at some past projects and you’re probably starting to feel fairly knowledgeable, right? Good. Now it’s time to dive into the details and make sure you know exactly what you’re getting and why a contractor is doing what he is proposing.
A Final Word of Advice
The biggest piece of advice I can leave you with is to know exactly what you’re buying. I mean if I offered you a great deal on a Mercedes and you found out it didn’t come with a motor you’d probably be a little upset. But hey, it looks good from the outside doesn’t it?
Channel your inner 3 year old and ask why. A good contractor will want to help you understand and will be willing to answer your questions.