The Hunt for a Qualified Roofing Contractor
If you’re thinking about replacing the roof on your home, make sure to invest as much time in finding a qualified roofing contractor as you do in selecting the right luxury roof for your house.
Locating the right roofing contractor may be easier than you think. Along with the traditional ways of locating installers, such as the Yellow Pages and searching businesses online, here are some fast and easy recommendations from the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes to help you find qualified installers in your area:
Tip #1 – Talk with the manufacturer and find out if they have a list of installers who have installed their product. Make the “Locate a Contractor” button on the DaVinci website your first stop if you plan to have a lightweight roofing system made of durable simulate slate or shake roofing installed on your home.
Tip #2 – Ask your local lumberyards, distribution centers and building product dealerships for recommendations on quality roofing installers in your area … especially those that have experience installing green roof systems and imitation slate shingles. You can also ask architects and general contractors if they have a recommendation for a roofer they feel does exceptional work.
Tip #3 – Visit a website like 1800contractor.com, Home Advisor or Angie’s List. Let them match you up with installers in your specific geographic area to receive installation quotes. And, make sure to check the Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce for roofer listings in your area.
Tip #4 – Ask family, friends and colleagues for recommendations of reputable roofers they’ve used in the past. Select those whose services have been stand-out top quality with your friends.
Tip #5 – Visit the National Roof Contractors Association (NRCA) website. On the home page there’s a “Find a Contractor” button where you can plug in your zip code to find an NRCA member roofer in your area. You’ll also find other valuable information on this website regarding your roofing project.
Once you locate roofing contractors to interview, start by making sure the contractor is licensed and insured. Find out if the contractor warrants their work. Then, get a written bid for your project. Next, ask for references and then take the time to check them out. Finally, have a signed written contract outlining all aspects of the project.