Need a New Roof? What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

You need a new roof, but you don't want to hire just any person to install this expensive home remodel for you. You want a roofing contractor you can trust and who has access to a variety of roofing materials so your project gets completed in a timely manner. Here are things to look for in a roofing contractor so you weed out the bad from the excellent.

Current customer load

You want to hire a roofer that has a small enough customer load that they will be able to include your needs without having to put you on a waiting list or contract much of your work to other roofing specialists you don't know. When you make a consultation with a roofing expert, ask how many clients they are currently servicing and when they will be able to schedule your roofing needs. A trustworthy roofer will be honest with their current client load and let you know when they can begin work for you. You can choose to wait until the roofer you want is available or choose a roofing professional that has a more open schedule.

Proof of completed projects

Select a roofer who can show you works they have done in your area. These works are usually photographs of before and after projects of both residential and commercial clients kept in a portfolio. Pay attention to when projects were completed: if there is a huge gap in between projects or the most recent project wasn't completed in the last few months, ask your roofer why they don't have an updated portfolio. It could be that your roofer hasn't had recent business or that they don't have any current projects they'd be satisfied showing customers.

Proof of licensing and insurance

Many people call themselves roofers but don't carry credentials. These people are known as "jacks of all trades," and they may charge less for their services than actual licensed and bonded—and insured—roofers. While a roofer who charges less and promises a quick completion time may be tempting, you put yourself at risk of having subpar work or work that is not up to code done if you select a roofer that is not actually qualified to do the work they proclaim to be skilled at.

The right roofer will give you a fair and accurate estimate for their work as well as a reasonable completion time for your project. Interview many roofers until you find one you are comfortable hiring.