Did you google for professional roofing consultants on your project but notice you are not sure where to turn? Hiring a roofing business starts by asking your neighbors or Homeowner Association (HOA) who they have refered as a recommendation and has completed quality work timely and have cleaned the jobsite well for their clients. You’ll want to check roofers in the United States contractor requirements, directories for your state as well as find and read reviews.
Then, make sure you have called your trusted roofers to schedule solution consultations. Check references, reviews and qualifications, compare bids and negotiate the final price. Below, learn the ins and outs of contracting the roofing service that is right for your project and budget
Roofing Contractor Qualifications
Roofing contractors have to meet the criteria of their municipality before they have rights to construct a roof. Make sure you have looked at your state’s roofers qualifications and directories before hiring. Don't be afraid to
ask your reputable roofers of choice these questions. It could make all the difference.
Roofers that are Insured or use insured subs
Roofers that are Licensed and have worked in your area previously
Roofers that are Insured
Roofers that are Bonded (which means that a bonding company has money available to a consumer in case they need to file a claim against that company)
Roofers that are Willing to provide references on customers they have repaired
Roofers that are Willing to write an estimate for a potential customer when needed after your roof is inspected
Roofers that are good in the communicating department
Services a Roofer Offers
Roofing services vary from contractor to company. Ask the roofers you’re interested in working with what services they offer. Some common roofing services include:
Roof inspections that check for:
Ceiling that is leaking
house structural Damage
Repairs and maintenance
Repair or replace
Your homes weatherproofing
Insulation performance and condition
Ventilation performance and condition
Shoveling (removing snow and ice dams)
Roof cleaning (pressure washing away mildew, moss and buildup)
Sealing, treating or painting (especially for wood or metal roofs)
When you replace your roof it is a good time to check your gutters. You may find roofers who are also gutter experts, siding and windows service. Ask the professionals in your area if they can complete other services. Tackling roofing and gutters at the same time can save you money in the long run since the general contractors will already be on-site.
How to Hire a Roofing Contractor
When you’re ready to hire a roofing contractor, there are two types of roofers to consider for your roofer needs: independent contractors and roofing companies. There are pros and cons to both kinds of roofers. Always compare bids for the best price and check your prospective roofers reviews, references and qualifications.
Independent roofing contractors can be helpful for quick service repairs. Because they either work independently or with subcontractors, it may take longer to complete large projects, like replacing your old roof. However, they may specialize in a particular service. Hiring individual roofers can be a risk, but it means you’ll see and work with the same person for the duration of the project.
Roofing companies are more likely to complete large commercial roofing jobs or residential roofing jobs faster and have quicker production, they will normally have someone to manage the job onsite, they have their work covered by manufacturer warranties, offer discounts or free consultations and work with more materials.
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Questions to Ask a Roofer
Interviewing contractors is an important step in hiring the right roofer. Here’s some possible questions ask:
What types of roofing do you install?
Does your business work with homeowner’s insurance to file claims?
Does your business have a current roofers license to service this work in my area?
What types of insurance do you have, and what is the coverage?
Can you give me two or three references to check? What colors of shingle did you install at this reference's residence?
Does your business offer a free on-site inspection?
Does your business take photos during the roofers inspection and after the builders complete the project?
Will you give me a written estimate after the inspection?
Do you do roofing repairs? How much do does my roof cost to be fixed?
Is your roofers work covered by a reliable manufacturer warranty?
How do you keep projects on schedule? What’s your inclement weather policy?
Do you remove or dispose of old roofing materials? Is there a disposal charge? Do you recycle old materials?
When and how do you bill or invoice? Do you accept credit cards? Do you offer financing?
How is your customer service if I have to call your office to fix an issue in a roofing emergency?
Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor
Always get detailed bids from a few friendly roofing contractors before choosing the roofers that are right for you. You may choose the reasonable, middle-of-the-road roofers quote or the contractor with the lowest price and best availability which should have most customers concerned. With the right budget, you might opt for the roofer with the highest estimate and 20 years of experience installing the type of roof you want.
No matter which priced bid you choose, make sure your roofer has the right qualifications.
Door-to-door bids, when a roofer visits neighborhoods hard hit by storms and high winds, can be predatory. If local roofers reach out to you about repairing or replacing your roof, check their license.
If you already know what type of roofing you want constructed, you may have fewer contractors to choose from in your area. Most roofers can install and repair asphalt shingles but fewer have experience with materials like cedar shake, clay tiles or natural slate. Unique styles like solar shingles or green roofs require specialists who may be hard to find in rural areas.
To make things even easier, why not call us? Hibbard Roofing & Construction provides the highest quality residential roofing services to Lafayette, Louisiana. We offer roof repairs, replacements, gutter services, and we even help with insurance claims.
We are loved in the Lafayette area for our ethical, trustworthy, and honest work. Once you’re a customer of ours, it’s our job to make sure you’re a customer for life.
Whether you need some general maintenance, a full roof replacement, or some gutter work, when you work with us, you’ll never have to worry about your roof again.
If you think we're the roofing contractor for you, don't hesitate to contact us.
If you don’t think we’re the right fit, read 6 Questions to Ask Your Lafayette Roofing Contractor to ensure you’re asking the right questions when meeting with another local contractor.