How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Finding a good roofing contractor can be hard, whether you need repairs due to damages or have simply decided it is time to replace the whole thing. Because a new roof can be a large expense, you want to make sure you are working with a contractor that will do the job right and have your best interests at heart, instead of someone who sees you as a paycheck and nothing more.

Here are some tips for how to choose the best roofing contractor for your residential or commercial roofing needs.

Choose a Local Contractor

One of the first things you should do is make sure that your roofing contractor is a local business – and by that we mean they not only work locally, but they have an established history in the community. A local roofer will know the challenges unique to your area, like weather conditions, and you will also be able to get reviews from local homeowners or businesses that have worked with the company you are interested in. Choosing an established local contractor lowers the chance that the business will disappear on you in a year or two when you may need warranty work done.

Ask About Insurance and Certifications

Make sure that the roofing company you are considering working with has the proper licenses and certifications to work in your area; that means doing some homework to make sure you know what is required, too! You should also make sure that the company you are considering working with has insurance; that way, both you and they are protected in the event of an accident.

Weigh Your Options

You do not always have to go with the first contractor you research – and you do not always have to go with the first option presented to you. For example, at Wagner we work with clients who have a tight budget, and we’ll let you know if a more affordable repair will solve your roofing issues. You want to make sure that your contractor is willing to listen to you and work with your maximum cost and your time frame. Anyone that does not, isn’t someone you want to have working on your roof.

Communication Is Key

Your roofing contractor should be willing to have open and honest communication with you throughout the duration of your business relationship, from the first call or email to the end of the project. If they are not willing to provide you a detailed estimate or seem like they do not want to answer your questions or address your concerns, they are probably not a company you want to support. Look for a roofer who will work with you, who is available to you, and who provides you any documentation you request. These roofers are much more likely to be trustworthy, and you are much more likely to have a good experience.

Don’t Give in To Pressure

If a roofer is making demands that make you uncomfortable, or you feel like they are trying to force you into making a deal, they are not a company that you want to do business with. For example, “storm chasers” may come to your neighborhood and tell you all about your extensive roof damage, when your roof may be fine and not need any repairs at all. Work with a company that takes the time to listen to you first and treat you right. That way, you will be sure you get the roof you want.

At Wagner, we bring years of experience to bear when helping you with your residential or commercial roof repair or replacement. If you are looking for a roofing contractor you can trust, contact us today to set up a consultation!