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How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

There are plenty of ways to begin your search for the roofing contractor who satisfies your individual needs. Referrals are apparently the best source of names of well-reputed companies. Ask friends and relatives whom they have hired before.

Call your local Chamber of Commerce about roofers who are trusted in your community. Great sources of leads as well are the Better Business Bureau, your phone book’s yellow pages, your state and local licensing authorities, and of course, local trade associations, not to mention local construction product suppliers.

Here are things to consider before hiring a roofing contractor:

Job Quality

The best guarantee that your new roof will last long without leaks is to choose a quality shingle product, and to be sure that the shingles are properly installed – with good workmanship, a roof will shed water.

Shingle Quality

Don’t think twice about buying a quality shingle product from a leading manufacturer, even if it costs more, but that’s not where it stops. If installed the wrong way, not even the most superior quality shingle will not be right for you. The two key organizations that set asphalt roofing installation standards are the National Roofing Contractors Association and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association. Roofing products are also measured according to ASTM standards.

Roofer’s Reputation and Experience

Before hiring a roofing contractor, check with your local consumer business office and go through Internet reviews from local customers.

Shingle Installation Supervision

You must be sure that the people will really do as they are expected to, or are at least supervised everyday by a pro. A lot of roofing companies have salesmen or prime contractors who sell the job but send unqualified workers to install the roof with little or no expert supervision.

Roof Maintenance

Before you commit to a roofer, ensure that you discuss regular roof inspections, the condition of your under-roof or attic ventilation, any irregularities on your roof, and how to deal with them.

After compiling a list of potential contractors, spend time evaluating each one thoroughly. A reliable contractor will be enthusiastic about providing any information that you may need to make a decision, such as:

> business name and address

> experience

> licensing/bonding/insurance (ask for proof)

> professional and credit references

> warranty

To summarize, you need a roofing contractor who is knowledgeable about good roofing practices and roof flashing details, how to resolve problem spots on building roofs, and alternative roof covering products like shingle types and colors, low slope roofing, and the rest.

A respectable roofer will give you with wise advice on products, procedure explanations, and, most importantly, excellent results. It’s not easy to determine a contractor’s reliability, it does get easier with some planning, research and common sense.