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How to Hire the Right Roofing Contractor for You

Without a proper roof, your home is susceptible to water damage, mold, dry rot, and a host of other construction nightmares.  Without the proper roof repairs, your roof can actually be a structural danger and a health hazard to you and your family.  Yet roof repairs can feel overwhelming due to the large variety of prices and companies that are available.  Who is going to mislead you and who can you trust?  While it can be tempting to hire the first roofing contractor you meet, here are a few tips that can help you find the contractor that is right for you.

First, always ask for recommendations from your friends and family.  Ask them which roofing professionals that they have used and who they would use again.  Also, be sure to research the Internet and look for customer reviews for the companies you are considering.

As you are interviewing various contractors, ask if their roofing companies are properly licensed and insured.  Since you will be inviting a crew of people onto your property, you will want to make sure you can insulate yourself from a potential lawsuit in the event that any of the crew is hurt while on the job.

Do not rush into a contract with a certain roofing company out of pressure.  While some companies can be persuasive, an honest roofing contractor will give you a written contract and adequate time to consider your options.  This contract should include all prices, the timeline for the project, the supplies that will be used and any other relevant construction factors.  If you have home insurance, your insurance agent may be able to help you sift through the contract to spot any abnormalities.  Also, beware of any contractor that asks for the entire fee at the start.  Many reputable contractors will ask for a deposit that is approximately one-fourth to one-half of the total price, but rarely the entire sum.

If you have ever experienced a problem with your roof, you know how frustrating and how expensive that damage can be.  Finding the right roofing contractor can be a huge support for your home and your family.  Following these tips can help you get the contractor that is right for you.

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19 Comments

  1. Bradford Snelson on April 27, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for your advice to not rush into a contract. I feel like taking your time and really considering all of your options would result in making better choices. I would think that taking the time to call of the references of contractors before choosing them would pay off as well.



  2. Ashley Maxwell on November 13, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for your comment about how you should choose a roofing contractor who is insured and licensed s that the job can be done safely and legally. I like how you said that you should take your time as you make an educated decision on who to hire. My husband and I are considering qualified and safe working roofing contractors to hire to make some repairs to some broken shingles on our roof.



  3. Jordan on January 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I’ve been wanting to find a good roofing specialist, and I think that some tips would be good. I’m glad you talked about being able to interview various contractors, which I think would be smart. I’m going to have to look for different roofers, and hopefully find a good one for us!



  4. Kyle Wayne on February 15, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    It’s awesome that you talked about making sure the professional you hire has good communication skills and will get back to you in a timely manner. I have a friend who is looking to get some roofing done on his back shed. I’ll be sure to talk to him about hiring a service with good communication skills.



  5. Joe Braxton on March 16, 2018 at 10:01 am

    It is always better to prevent accidents from happening than having to do repairs later on, especially with roofing. Water damage can go a long way. Plus, there is always the issue of mold damage once water soaks into the roof or walls. I agree that it’s important to check for moss or mold invasions.



  6. Amanda Drew on April 20, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that a good roofing contractor will give you a written contract and lots of time to think about it. My husband and I want to replace our current roof with a metal one because the current one is old. your tips will help us find a good contractor.



  7. Gary Puntman on April 26, 2018 at 8:47 am

    I like that you said you should first ask for recommendations from friends and families. I’m sure this is one of the most effective way to find a good company. They may have used contractors in the past and will be able to say if they would or wouldn’t use them again, like you said.



  8. Jenna Hunter on May 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I appreciate your advice on getting contractor recommendations from friends or family. My husband and I just moved into an older house and need to get some repairs done on the roof. We will have to ask people for their referrals and then do our research into the potential contractors.



  9. Ellie Davis on May 25, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I like that you suggest asking for recommendations as your first step of finding the right roofer. My husband and I realized that our shingles are damaged and we want to replace them as soon as possible. I’ll have to look into roofers in our area and find one that we will work well with.



  10. Jordan on June 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I really appreciated your tip to avoid rushing into a contract with a roofing company! I’ve been wanting to find someone to come and take care of our roof, but I think that taking my time to find the right contractor would be better. I’m going to have to be patient and see what roofing companies we could work with before just rushing into one!



  11. Ashley Maxwell on June 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for mentioning how a roofer should be both licensed and insured for your protection from a lawsuit. I also like how you said that they should they should be reputable. My husband and I want a roofer that is experienced to give repair our house’s roof.



  12. Hector Uba on July 3, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks for the tips on hiring the right roofing contractor for your job. I agree that one of the most important things is that the contractor has the proper insurance because you don’t want to the liability if someone gets hurt on your property. My mom has been looking into getting her roof redone; I will be sure to share this with her.



  13. Alexandria Martinez on July 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Your tip to not rush into any contracts or agreements is a good idea. This allows for some time to think about the option and to investigate costs. My fiance and I will keep this in mind as we look for a roofing contractor for our new home.



  14. Rachel Frampton on August 8, 2018 at 7:33 am

    We need a new roof soon and one thing I really liked about your article was that you should not let yourself get pressured into signing a roofing contract. I think it’s solid advice to look for a company that will give you a written contract that spells out the prices for you before committing you to a job. I will have to keep this in mind while I look for a roofing company.



  15. Gary Puntman on August 15, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I agree that you should always ask for recommendations from people you know first. This will help you know who is reliable. You should ask people you know if they would hire the roofing contractor again. This is the safest way to find the best contractor.



  16. Joy Butler on August 20, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    It really helped when you said that rushing into a contract out of pressure is BIG NO NO! This is actually the same advise I am trying to tell my mom. Most especially now that her roof needs a repair.



  17. Katie Wilson on August 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    I agree that you want a licensed and insured roofer to help you out. Finding someone who has the right certifications would help show their experience. My husband and I are looking for someone to help replace our current roof with a metal one, so we’ll have to check their insurance first.



  18. Ellie Davis on August 30, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    My husband and I noticed that most of the shingles on our roof are damaged. I need to hire a roofer to come and fix this for me. Thank you for suggesting that I should make sure and hire one that is insured. I’ll have to keep this in mind as I search for the best roofers.



  19. Easton Memmott on August 31, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I liked your tip to check if your roofer has a license to work. I need to hire a roofer for my home. I will be sure to ask to see their license.