How To Find A Good Roofing Company
Hiring a professional roofing company to work on your home is a big decision. You obviously want the best roofing company you can find. There are so many companies to choose from that it’s hard to discern who is best for the job. We have a few tips and tricks to help you find the best company for you.
Ask how long the roofing company has been in business.
You are not likely to take your car to a mechanic who has only been on the job for two weeks, so why would you choose a roofing contractor that doesn’t have a long track record of quality work? With roofs, you get what you pay for. If you decide to go with a roofing company that is going to give you a tremendous bargain, but has no proven track record of happy customers, you’re likely going to end up with a poor installation.
Second to None, LLC has over 20 years of experience and plenty of happy customers, with proven reviews.
Check the licensing and insurance of the roofing company.
Roofing is dangerous, which is why we don’t recommend homeowners take on a roofing job themselves. It’s important to have the right tools, safety equipment, and material for the job. Additionally, it’s important that a roofing company has the proper permits and licenses for the jobs they perform. A high-quality roofer will also carry the required insurance for all of its workers, in the case of anyone getting hurt during your installation.
Look at past work and read reviews.
Check reviews to see what others are saying and posting about the roofing company you would like to work with. Reading reviews offers a wealth of information. See what customers say about the job while remembering to weigh the good and bad reviews. Most often, people who have had a bad experience tell more people than people who have had a good experience.
You can also contact the roofing company directly to see about their reputation. Most companies will offer some information and photos of their past jobs. We provide photos of previous work on our website.
Get all agreements in writing.
Every aspect of your roofing installation should be in writing. Make sure you understand all financing terms. An excellent company will walk you through the contract and answer any questions you have. No part of the agreement should be confusing or “left in the air.”
Check to see who is performing the installation.
Will the roofing company be sending third-party contractors to your home? Many companies outsource their jobs to third-party contractors. When they do this, the manufacturer will probably void the warranty that comes with the roofing materials. Furthermore, you have no way of knowing if the independent contractor is qualified or licensed.
Beware of companies that try to use these types of bait and switch tactics. With Second To None, you know the group of workers who will be on your roof. All the work we do is by our in-house crew. You’ll even see the owner, Mike, on your roof! Your roof will not be installed by strangers.
Ask what happens if you’re not satisfied with the work.
You can plan for something till your eyeballs fall out, but there is always a chance that something won’t go as planned. It is important to know how the company will handle any errors. At Second To None, we make sure you are satisfied with the work done, and if you are not, that we make it right.
Ask about unexpected repairs.
When the roofer gets on top of your home, they may notice other problems that you were not aware of. Unplanned repairs and emergencies seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Ask your roofing company how they handle unexpected repairs. That way, even if something surprising comes up, you know what to expect.
Check if the roofing contractor is an authorized installer.
Second To None works with Owens Corning, so Owens Corning will honor their warranties when a roof is installed by us. Making sure the company is authorized to install gives you the peace of mind that the Owens Corning warranty offers.
Ask how the work will be done.
How does the roofer plan to install your new roof? Some roofing companies will install new shingles over an old roof. This is a bad idea. It adds additional weight to a roof that is probably already aging. Additionally, it doesn’t address any underlying concerns like damage covered by old shingles. Concealed problems can mean major repairs in the future. Putting a new roof over the old one usually costs the homeowner a lot more money down the road.
See if the company will come to your home and provide you with a free estimate.
Most professional companies should be able to give you an estimate at no cost. Remember to get plenty of estimates and keep in mind that the lowest bid is not always the best one to go with. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
We always offer free estimates. Give us a call at 636-699-0449 to get started today.