So you’ve made the big decision to replace your roof. Now for the next two big decisions – who will do the work, and what kind of roofing will you choose. For this post, we’ll talk about five key qualities of a good roofing contractor.
Ask each contractor you talk with if they offer roof inspections, and what the inspections entail. Some contractors make a cursory inspection prior to giving a roofing estimate, then tack on charges later when special problems are revealed. A thorough roof inspection gives you the information you need before the project starts. Look for a contractor that pays attention to details by inspecting the attic for proper ventilation and sheathing integrity and by pointing out potential and existing problem areas.
2. Reputation & Experience
You want an experienced contractor with a good, solid reputation. When you call to schedule an estimate with a roofing contractor, be sure to ask for references from local customers. Choose a roofing company that’s known for backing up its workmanship and products.
Ask contractors about their installation methods and materials. Good contractors offer quality products and know how to install them correctly. Roofing systems with proper underlayment and flashing details, as well as quality shingles ensure that your roof will shed water as it should, without leaks or drips. Ask about company memberships in roofing associations that promote best practices in roofing. Two well-known organizations are The Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals and National Roofing Contractors Association. Also, look for contractors that have been certified and trained by the shingle manufacturers.
4. Quality Materials
Choose a contractor who can provide you with samples and thorough product information on the roofing materials they use. Look for contractors that provide a material scope from one manufacturer, as there are often system warranties that accompany the materials.
Ask about supervision during the roofing installation process. Are the people who will actually install your roof certified and well-trained? Are they licensed and insured to do the work? Who enforces quality control during each roofing project? A good roofing contractor should be happy to answer these questions to your satisfaction.