Hiring A Roofing Contractor Tips
A new roof installation is one of the most expensive, and important, home improvement projects you will very likely run into as a homeowner. Your home’s roof and siding are the first line of defense for your home against the elements. Therefore, it is vital that you take the time to find and hire a reputable roofing contractor. Here are a few tips to help you handle this task, and are applicable to other large home improvement projects. These steps can make the difference between peace of mind or sleepless nights.
Find Reputable Roofing Contractors
To start your search, check a trustworthy source that can help you find qualified roofers in your area. Look for customer ratings and reviews, so you can properly evaluate what homeowners’ experiences were like with individual contractors and their overall roof installation.
Click HERE to search for roofing contractors in your area registered with Renew Financial.
Interview Multiple Contractors
You should take the time to interview at least two roofing companies, so you can evaluate an honest and reasonable price. Home & Garden Television (“HGTV”) recommends interviewing a maximum of three contractors to avoid becoming overwhelmed and confused. Compare the bids, but keep in mind that the price tag is just one part of the project. Be cautious of any oddly low or extremely high bids.
According to HomeAdvisor, installing a new roof costs on average about $12,250 in Florida and $10,900 in California, but the material you choose and your roof’s style will determine the total price you will pay.
Remember that when you're hiring a roofing company, you are not just paying for a product but also a service. Quality of service will determine the quality of the finished project. Consider asking the following questions:
- Contractor’s Contact Reliability: Does the contractor maintain a permanent mailing address, e-mail address, personal phone number, fax number, etc.? What is their Service Level Agreement for returning calls, emails, etc. and addressing issues?
- Business Experience: Does the contractor have a proven presence in the community? How long has the company been in business? How many years of experience does the contractor have working with your chosen material and roof type?
Verify Licensing and Credentials
Reputable contractors should be licensed and willing to demonstrate it. Find out whether or not the contractor has all the necessary licenses from state and local municipalities (if applicable), as well as designations from any professional associations. Licensing and insurance requirements vary by state, so it’s prudent to look into your state’s laws ahead of time.
Ask for References
Ask each roofing company you interview for references you can contact to verify their work and experience working with them. This gives you an opportunity to see how they work. If the contractor refuses or hesitates to share references, keep looking.
Carefully Review the Contract & Product Warranty
Read the contract carefully and product warranty to ask questions on anything that is unclear to you before signing the contract. Professional contractors will be happy to give you the time to understand the agreement and explain the areas you don’t understand.
Need financing for your roofing project?
With the Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) program you can finance 100% of your roofing project, with zero-money upfront and a fixed interest rate for up to 25- years. Plus, your FICO score does not impact your eligibility.
Click HERE or call us at 844-736-3934 to find out if your property is located in a PACE eligible community and get started.
PACE financing is subject to credit approval. Underwriting requirements and restrictions apply. PACE financing is secured by a lien on the subject property and may be required to be repaid upon refinance or sale. Homeowners should perform due diligence before selecting a home improvement contractor. PACE financing is private financing that must be repaid in full. PACE financing is not a government subsidy. Homeowners are encouraged to use PACE financing responsibly. Names or trademarks used above are the property of their responsive owners.