Part 3: Professional Roofing Done Right – Characteristics You’d Want in a Roofing ContractorBy Stacy Mellete
Homeowners can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of available local roofing contractors to choose from. Many claim they are the “best” so how do you choose? Here’s list of characteristics that roofing contractors should have as proof that they’re worth hiring.
1. The right paperwork
A license is more than just proof that a residential roofing contractor can legally work on your roof. It is also a sign that the contractor has passed certain quality standards set by the local government. Certificates are also a good indication of a contractor’s qualifications, especially if these certificates are from reputable organizations. Just make sure that the licenses are valid (some contractors have expired licenses) and the organization that provided the certificate is relevant to the roofing industry.
2. The right references
Check out a contractor’s references to get an idea of how competent the contractor is. Reputable residential roofing companies should have a handy list of ready-to-call references. And don’t just rely on online testimonials. Make sure you’re reading genuine customer feedback. If the feedback is 100% positive, it might be nothing more than paid reviews.
3. The right attitude
Dedication to making customers satisfied is perhaps the most important characteristic of a good roofing contractor. Dedicated roofing contractors are always on time, whether it’s just an initial meeting with the client or when following the project schedule. A good roofing contractor will also make sure that you are satisfied with the results, and have the right explanations in case some changes are necessary.
Last but not least, a good roofing contractor will be more than willing to fix anything that goes wrong should he make a mistake instead of coming up with a bunch of excuses.
You may not find the best roofer in town, but having a roofing contractor that you can trust is good enough to get the job done. There are still more honest roofers than there are scammers, but a little caution and homework can go a long way.