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How to Hire A Roofing Contractor

How to choose a roofer the RIGHT way?
First of all – when you get a roofing estimate, ask if your estimator is a roofer (preferably company owner of a small to medium size outfit)  Also ask if he/or she will be on the job, managing the installation. While this is not critical, having the company owner on the job gives you a much better chance of getting the best roof for your money.
It’s simple – An owner cares the most, that your roof is installed correctly, and does not leak, as he/she is responsible for it. Having them on the job, or at least stopping by throughout the day, means the installers are going to do the job right.  They know if they dont, they dont get paid.  The company owner wants the job done right the first time.  They know that word of mouth is the best or worst advertising.  A great job will turn into more business. 
Secondly, - dont mind asking to see their license.  If they have one, they will have no problem providing you a copy of it. Same with insurance.  Keep in mind, a company that has a license and insurance may cost you a bit more than "two men and a truck" but they are providing qualitity services to you and run a professional, above board business.  Which would you rather have work on your home?
Roof Price negotiations:
This is a very important part of choosing the contractor for your roof.  Here are some things to consider: Consider going with a price quote somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, and choosing a contractor you are most comfortable with.  Low-ballers are usually not licensed/insured and will rush through your job like a hurricane. Once the job is finished they are nowhere to be found again should there be any problems.  Roofers with VERY high quotes are usually just ripping you off by selling some “vapor benefits” such as brand name, 100 years in business, million years warranty, etc. The contractor quoting somewhere in the middle of this spectrum generally is trying to provide a quality product for a fair price.   After you decide on a roofer, ask for a proposal in writing.  Once you have been provided with this proposal, you may be able to negotiate the price.  Always keep in mind the quality of the materials and workmanship as part of the value of the service you will receive when negotiating.  If you negotiate lower prices, it could be reflected in the roofing company selecting  poorer quality materials and or a less experienced subcontractor that provides them with a lower bid. 
Hiring the Right Pro for the Job:
You roof is one of the most important elements protecting your home, and when roofing problems arise you need to hire a professional that will resolve them in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Roofing systems are not all the same, and depending on the type of roof you have, you need to be working with someone who has experience installing the specfic type of roof you are interested in.  As a rule of thumb you definitely want to avoid contractors that advertise themselves as “repairing all types of roofs”, these are unprofessional roofers who are praying on customers who are not knowledgeable about roofing. A new roof is expensive  and it isnt something you do very often, so consider our suggestions on how to find the "Right Pro for the Job".
Ask questions:
About experience, references, types of roofing materials used/recommended, licenses, insurance, warranties, and do they take credit cards?  It may not sound like a big deal, but if you are working with a reputable company, they will have credit card service available. 

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Alex Dean on Friday, May 19, 2017 9:53 AM
The roof on our house is in need of some serious replacement, but we need help getting the job done. But since this is the first time we have hired a roofer, we need advice on how to find the right company for us. I like how you said that we shouldn't be afraid to ask to see their license or proof that they have insurance. And it's good to know that the companies that have these things might cost a little extra, but it will be worth the quality of work they provide. Thanks for the information!
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Scott on Thursday, July 27, 2017 5:15 PM
It's interesting that you suggested finding a company, where the owner will personally come be on the job. I have been looking for a new roof, because mine has a lot of shingles missing now. I can see how it would be helpful to have the owner there, because they probably have lots of experience.
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Scott on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 4:30 PM
I like that you talked about making sure you ask to see their licence, just to be sure. I have been looking for someone to install a roof on my new home. I can see how it would be good to find someone with a valid licence, because it shows that they have the knowledge required for the job.
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Scott Adams on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 8:17 PM
I hadn't thought about making sure the roofer I choose is experienced with the material you want the roof made out of. I have been looking for someone to replace my current roof. I can see how it would be nice to find someone experienced with heavy materials because the weather is very intense where I live.
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Scott on Friday, February 09, 2018 5:39 PM
I appreciate the advice about making sure the roofer has a valid license. I have been looking for a roofer to install a roof on my new house. It would make sense to choose someone with a license because it would let me know they have the experience for the job.
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Three Counties Builders on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 5:51 AM
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I am glad it was an enjoyable experience for you. I think that you should definitely do it again sometime and hopefully, I will be able to make it to that one..
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Taylor Bishop on Monday, July 02, 2018 11:18 AM
Thanks for these tips for hiring a roof contractor. You mentioned to go with a price quote that's in the middle of the cost spectrum. It sounds important to know what standard roofing prices are to get a better idea of what cost to look for.
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Jocelyn McDonald on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 10:47 AM
My husband and I had some of our shingles blow off in a recent storm, and we could use some help repairing them. Your article had some great tips for choosing a roofer, and I liked how you said to ask plenty of questions when screening. We'll be sure to ask about warranties, experience, references, licensing, and anything else we find important when hiring a roofing contractor. Thanks for the post.
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Amelia Ann on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:21 PM
It's interesting that you recommended locating a company, where in fact the owner will privately come be face to face.
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Jocelyn McDonald on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:48 AM
A storm recently tore a lot of the shingles off my home, and now my roof is in need of repair. Your article had some great information about hiring a roofer that would help me with this, and I liked how you said to ask about their licensing and insurance so you know you're paying for quality service. Thanks; I'll keep this in mind when choosing a roofer for my home.
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Bram on Thursday, October 04, 2018 5:31 PM
Thanks for pointing out that it really depends on the kind of roof that you have. Roofing contractors will often have specialties of rooves that they like to work with. Finding the specialist for your roof will save you time and money.
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Derek Dewitt on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 10:41 AM
My wife and I need to replace part of our roof due to recent storm damage, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about choosing a company that is licensed and insured. I'll be sure to do this so I'm not liable for any injuries or accidents.
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