How to Find a Roofing Contractor You Can Trust

roof under constructionThe best time to find a roofing contractor is before you need them to come fix a leaking roof. Use these steps to find reputable contractors, interview them, and select a roofing contractor you can trust.

Ask for Referrals

Referrals give you a head start on finding a trustworthy contractor, so ask friends and neighbors if they know of any quality roofers. If you’re new to a community, visit your local hardware store or lumber yard and ask for recommendations. The employees there should be able to refer you to some people they trust.

Do Your Research

Before you call, do your own research. Check whether the roofer is licensed and bonded (something that isn’t required in Ohio), as well as whether they’re insured. If they’re not insured, you could pay their medical bills after an on-the-job fall. Search for consumer complaints, such as a low BBB rating. Use consumer review sites, from Yelp to Angie’s List, to gauge the contractor’s reputation in your community.

Schedule face-to-face meetings

After you’ve identified several reputable contractors through referrals, invite them to your house for a face-to-face meeting. Many roofers offer free estimates, so there should be no risk to you in meeting several roofers.

During these meetings, ask the roofer for their estimate about the job’s cost, manpower, and time frame to completion. Gauge how well the contractor answers your questions and explains your roofing problem.

Ask for references when the roofer leaves, as well as a complete bid. Then call the references to see whether they were happy with the quality of the work and with the contractor and his crew.

Compare Offers and Choose

Once you’ve met all the candidates, it’s time to choose. Avoid making the final decision solely on budget; instead, think about who you have the most trust or affinity for. Which contractor do you think can do the job well? Who can meet your time frame? What guarantees of workmanship does the contractor offer?

Get a Free Estimate

At Brandstetter’s KangaRoof, we offer free estimates for roofing jobs. Our work comes with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee; what’s more, we’re licensed, bonded, fully insured, and accredited with the BBB. With over 15 years in the trade, we have a proven reputation for performing high-quality work. Reserve your estimate today to learn how we can help.