Whether your roof has a few areas of minor damage or it’s time for a full-blown roof replacement, finding the right roofing contractor for the job is critical. But when it comes to roofing companies, some are just looking to take your money and run, especially after a severe weather event rolls through the Twin Cities.
At Keyprime Roofing, our number one goal is — and always has been — customer satisfaction. But not every roofing company can make the same claim. Below, we explain six things you should always look for before selecting a roofing contractor to ensure you don’t get scammed.
1. Look for a Positive Reputation and a Gallery of Previous Work
Can the roofing contractors you’re considering showcase examples of their past work? If not, exercise caution. Reputable roofing companies always keep a record of their past jobs since prospective clients almost always want to see examples of their finished projects.
Typically, you can find a gallery of work on each company’s website, but it never hurts to ask the contractors directly. It’s also a good idea to check out each company’s Better Business Bureau rating and customer reviews. Steer clear of any company that has a history of less-than-stellar reviews.
2. Inquire About Licensing and Insurance
As a responsible homeowner, you should never allow unlicensed or uninsured contractors to perform any work on your house. Reputable roofing contractors will not only hold the proper licensing and insurance, but they’ll also be able to acquire the proper permits for any job they’re prepared to undertake.
When you request estimates from various roofing companies, don’t hesitate to ask about the contractors’ licensing and insurance coverage. You can also do some digging on each company’s website to find additional information about their credentials. If the company doesn’t have a website, be wary.
3. Request Multiple Project Estimates
Before you select a roofing contractor, make sure you get several estimates from a variety of companies. Ideally, you should meet with at least three contractors, but if you have the time, it never hurts to meet with additional candidates. If you don’t feel good about the estimates you receive, don’t settle. Continue meeting with roofing companies until you find one you feel great about.
When sifting through your estimates, consider pricing too. Typically, you’ll want to avoid the cheapest option since you usually get what you pay for when it comes to roofing. That said, if you feel confident in the reputation and presentation of the contractor that provided the lowest estimate, follow your gut!
4. Always Get Agreements in Writing
Whether you only need a few roof repairs or a complete roof replacement, the structural components of your home are a major investment. As such, you should only hire a roofing company that’s willing to put all agreements on paper.
When you ask for written agreements, you get the benefit of a more thorough understanding of the terms and conditions of a potential contract. And, a reputable, trustworthy roofing company should be more than willing to explain each section of your contract, as well as answer any questions you might have.
If you ever meet with roofing contractors that seem hesitant about providing a written contract, complete with all the details, run away. It’s these types of companies that are looking to take your deposit and disappear.
5. Look for Industry-Standard Certifications and Installer Authorizations
Do the roofing contractors you’re considering carry certifications that denote industry-standard training? Are they authorized installers for specific manufacturers’ roofing materials? Do they have any partnerships with product manufacturers?
All of the above are critical considerations since certain manufacturers may not honor product warranties if their materials are not installed by authorized installers. While the roofing company should offer a warranty on the installation, that warranty is typically separate from any guarantees on materials.
To ensure your warranties remain intact, ask the right questions when you get your initial roofing estimate. Inquire whether the contractors are preferred partners of any product manufacturers and if they’re authorized to install those materials.
6. Double-Check Warranties and Guarantees
What if you’re dissatisfied with the final outcome of the project? Does the roofing company offer you any recourse? Any reputable roofing company will offer a guarantee on their work, so don’t hesitate to ask about it when you meet with the contractors for your estimate.
Despite careful preparation and project execution, there’s always a chance that errors will occur. And if such a situation arises, you need to know whether you’ll be responsible for covering any additional expense. Before you hire a roofing contractor, always ask about workmanship guarantees, as well as materials warranties.
Need a Reputable Roofing Company? Contact Keyprime Roofing
If you’re on the hunt for roofing contractors you can trust, look no further than our team at Keyprime Roofing. It’s our goal to provide Twin Cities homeowners with cost-effective renovations that deliver lasting value. We have a track record of high-quality workmanship and excellent customer care, and our commitment to dependability and professionalism sets us apart. To learn more about our services or request a free quote, give us a call today at 952-426-0132 or contact us online.