Choosing a Professional Roofing Contractor

Roofing is a process you may not be familiar with until it becomes time to replace your own roof. There is a lot to learn about which products to use and what procedures best meet your individual roofing needs. Therefore, it’s important to select an experienced contractor who can give you good advice about those products and procedures that may be new to you.

When choosing a roofing contractor for your home, you should seek out multiple candidates with the proper licensing and a great business reputation in your area. Below are some tips to help you select the right roofing contractor.

Insurance is a must.

A contractor should carry comprehensive liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance to protect you in the event of a roofing accident.

Choose local contractor that is licensed.

Make sure that the company has an established business and reputation in the community, and has the required business licenses to operate in your state. Ask for customer testimonials and references from past customers, or even photos from recent projects so you can see the quality of their work.

Never choose a company based on price.

Price is not everything. Cheap bids from contractors that may not have proper insurance or experience drive down the market. In the long run, you get what you pay for. You ultimately end up spending more money to fix problems that would have been covered under a warranty by a reputable established roofing company.

No down payment required.

We suggest that you find a company that does not require payment until the work is complete. A new roof can be an expensive investment so make sure that you are satisfied with the result and that the terms of payment were discussed prior to the job and adhered to by both parties.

Make sure to ask the following questions when selecting a roofing contractor:

  1. What is the full name and address of the company?
  2. Does the company carry insurance?
  3. Is the company a licensed or credentialed contractor?
  4. How long has the company been in business?
  5. Will the company provide referrals or references from previous jobs?  Ask for photos of completed work, or testimonials from recent customers.
  6. What is the company’s workmanship and product warranty? The length of the warranty is less important than the intent and ability of the roofer to stand behind his warranty.
  7. What is included in the estimate? You want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples when it comes to different estimates from contractors.
  8. Obtain a contract or detailed proposal in writing from the roofing contractor that will provide explicit information regarding the project.
    • Information to ask for should include the length of the project, daily start and end times, roofing materials to be used, safety procedures, the amount of payment and payment schedule, and clean-up methods.

If you are in need of a new roof or have general questions about roofing services please give us a call at (401) 639-2373

26 thoughts on “Choosing a Professional Roofing Contractor”

  1. There are a few problems with our roofing, and we wanted to hire someone to fix it up for us. I really like that you say to make sure that the company has worker’s compensation insurance to help with any damages. It would be nice to know that you won’t have to worry about the charges coming back at you.

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  4. Thanks for the tips for choosing a roofer. My wife and I want to have our roof replaced, so we are trying to find the right contractor to handle the job. I like that you mentioned to make sure you ask a roofer what their warranty is like. A good warranty can ensure that the work is covered if anything happens, so it would be really beneficial to have.

  5. I loved what you said about how you shouldn’t base your decision on a roofing contractor solely on price, but on quality as that will save you more money in the long run. My father has been thinking about replacing his roof, as it is old and getting a bit faded. If he were to prioritize a quality roof, it would be able to better withstand harsh weather and wouldn’t require as many future repairs.

  6. I’ve been looking at getting my roof replaced, so I’m glad I came across this article. I like how you mentioned asking for customer testimonials when choosing a roofer. I think seeing the quality of a roofer’s work before hiring them would be a huge help.

  7. Could not have said this better myself. This is a great article, and I appreciate you taking the time to write it. I have been in the roofing business for a long time, and have helped many customers with their roofing repairs, roof replacements, and new roofs. There are many things I try and educate homeowners on, and am going to reference this article.

  8. My wife and I have been wanting to find some roof repairs services to help out at her parents home, but we’ve never hired anyone to do roofing before. I think that your tip to not only consider the pricing of a roof repair job when you’re hiring someone would be smart, and how its smarter to pay for the job you want done. I’m going to have to make sure that we get a fairly priced roof repair company out to her parents home, and hopefully we’ll get what we pay for! Thank you!

  9. I agree with you in that it is important to choose a roofer that has a good reputation in your community and has the proper licenses for the job. It makes sense that doing this can help you work with someone you can trust and who can care for your roof properly. My parents are planning on replacing the shingles on their house and what to make sure it is done right, so I’ll share your article with them.

  10. I want to make sure that I get the right people to build my roof. It makes sense that I wouldn’t want to choose a company based entirely on price! That way I can ensure that I find one that offers good services, since sometimes you get what you pay for.

  11. You make a good point to throw price out the window when seeking a roofing company. The roof is the only barrier between your home and the weather. You need to make sure you find someone who will do a quality job.

  12. I appreciate your suggestion to find a local roofing contractor. My husband and I need some repairs done on our roof. We’ll make sure to choose someone local.

  13. I need to have a new roof put on, but I don’t know who to hire to do it for me. It makes sense that I wouldn’t want to consider price too heavily! Sometimes you get what you pay for, after all.

  14. Thanks for going over some things to think about when getting a roofing contractor. I’m glad that you mentioned that they should have some insurances, like comprehensive liability insurance. My sister has been thinking of getting some roof work done, so maybe it could be good for her to learn more about these insurances so that she could ask informative questions about it.

  15. I need to have a new roof installed, but I don’t know who to hire to help me with it. It makes sense that I would want to interview a few different contractors before making a choice! That way I can compare different attributes between them and determine which one would be the best for me.

  16. You have a great point that when hiring a roofer, you should ask them if they have insurance. Although most professionals are trained not to get themselves injured, accidents happen. That’s why having insurance is so important so that both parties are protected no matter what happens and whose fault it is. Thanks for the tips.

  17. I noticed the other day that some of my shingles have started to curl, so my wife and I are looking into replacing part of our roof. I like that you suggest choosing a contractor that is licensed to operate in the state. Seeing customer testimonials and references sounds like a great way to tell if they are trained or not. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I couldn’t agree more when you mentioned choosing a local roofing contractor that is licensed. It is recommended that you hire one in your local community and verify if they are authorized to operate their business in the area. You may also want to verify their credentials with the BBB. You certainly would like to work with someone who is reputable and trustworthy. If I were to hire a roofing contractor, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.

  19. Thanks for saying that you would want to consider asking a roofer if they are insured. It would be good to consider this because it would show that they are qualified as well. My sister is looking for someone to do with some roof repair, so he’ll have to find out if they are insured.

  20. Thanks for your comment about how you should hire a roofer that is included so that you stay protected in case of some kind of accident. I like how you said that they should be able to provide you with a reasonable price for their quality of service. My husband and I are considering roofers wh are professional and fair to replace our home’s roof.

  21. The best part of your article for me is when you talked about how you can consider asking for references from the roofing contractor that you’re interested in to help you validate their quality of work. My husband noticed that there have been missing and damaged shingles or our roof. Since this may mean a failing roof, it’s important for us to hire a roofing contractor that can provide an excellent and efficient job. It will make sense for us to choose a roofing contractor that can confidently provide us with their references as a proof that they can carry out jobs with the highest quality. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

  22. I like that you mentioned to choose a roofer that has a good reputation in the community. That way, you can know he is respected and trusted locally. I need to find a roofer to help me fix some damage my home took from a storm. I will keep this in mind as I search, thanks!

  23. I really like your tip about asking for customer testimonials and references of past customers for a roofing contractor. I think that would be a really good way to find a good contractor. I will have to make sure I ask for references when I find contractors.

  24. Thanks for your comment about how you should look for a roofing contractor that has a license and a good reputation. I also like how you said that they shouldn’t be the cheapest option you can find either. My husband wants a roof replaced by a good-quality contractor; thanks for the advice.

  25. I agree that you want to consider what kind of license and credentials a roofing contractor has. It would be good to consider this because it would show that they are qualified and experienced. My husband and I are looking for someone to do some roof repairs for us, so we’ll have to consider their license first.

  26. I agree that a good roofer has insurance. It would be good to consider their insurance because it would show that they are protected. My husband and I are looking for a roofer, so we’ll have to consider their experience first.

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