The following steps should assist you in choosing the roofer most suited to your project, and recognizing how to choose a qualified and reliable roofer.
The most trustworthy way to find a roofer is by referral and word of mouth. Ask your friends and family which roofers they have hired in the past. You can inquire at your local hardware or roofing equipment manufacturer store, who often work in association with many well qualified roofers. Another way is to contact the local Chamber of Commerce, state and local licensing authorities, the Better Business Bureau, and local trade associations, who are always willing to point you in the right direction.
Once you have collected a list of potential roofers, it is crucial that you meet with each one and inquire about them and their services. The most professional are those who answer everything without hesitation. A good roofer will also show a positive attitude at all times, and be enthusiastic about working for you. In this case be sure to ask about their company’s vital statistics – experience, contact details, license numbers, professional and credit references, etc. It is also important you understand the interests of the roofer himself – projects that will bring good profit and future referrals. If a roofer is hesitant, it may be because of previous experiences with dishonest home-owners, and they’ll look for warning signs of problem customers.
Begin by receiving a final estimate of the project. Professional roofers will write up a proposal, which includes better and best price, and product samples and literature. ALWAYS get this in writing, and ensure that vital information such as building permits, start and completion dates, warranties, terms, and right to rescind, are all spelled out clearly.
Penetrating roofing materials can be difficult and dangerous, even for an expert. Even the most skilled do-it-yourselfer may require professional help when learning how to install a skylight. If your roof is sloped more than 6 inches, or you wish to install a skylight larger than 48” square, contact Roof 101 for specialist roofing contractors.