So you need a new roof. Oh boy. The first thing that comes to mind when you need a new roof is “oh crap. How much is this going to cost me?” Well, unfortunately there is no such thing as a good cheap roof. However, with a little research, you can find a reputable roofing company that will do a great job and not leave you bankrupt. There are a few things to look for when selecting a roofing company. I’ll try to outline some of those things in this article.
Often, word of mouth is the greatest way to find a good roofer. Do you have any friends or family members who have recently had some roofing work done? Call them. See what company they used and how they liked the service they received. Hopefully they had a good experience and can point out a good roofing company. Let’s say they had a bad experience with a roofing company. Bad news for them, but at least you can get the name of the company and avoid them. Also, if you know any good realtors in your area, give them a call. Realtors deal with roofing companies all the time when closing housing deals. Often, new roofs are part of the deal in a house sales contract. They know who to call to have good work done in a timely manner.
Another good source for a referral are contractors in other areas of specialization. When I had my roof replaced, I asked the guy who helped me with some garage door repair problems if he was aware of any good roofers. He knew several good roofers in the area and even called one for me and got me a great deal. Sometimes it not what you know, but who you know.
When you do research on roofing companies in your area, google is a great tool. If the company is registered with Google, they will have several reviews from customers of that particular company. However, there is always a chance that some of the reviews are fake, or written by the company owner’s friends. So be on the lookout for phony reviews. There are a lot of lies on the internet, but I’m sure you didn’t need me to tell you that.
Once you find a company that you feel comfortable with, always have them come out for a free estimate. You will be able to get a feel for the company and see if you are comfortable with them. Also, if you feel that their estimate is too high, you can tell them no thank you and they should go on their way. There’s always the possibility that they will lower the price in an effort to get your business. It may be worth a shot. Make sure they include all of the charges in the estimate, including parts and labor. Also, ask for a timeline as to when they can start and when they can get the job done. It could be a nightmare if they end up taking 6 months to install your roof. Believe me!
If you are still unsure about the company, you can always call the Better Business Bureau and see if they have any “dirt” on the company. They can be a great resource and they are always happy to help. The BBB keeps a file on all companies with any and all complaints from consumers.
Good luck and I hope your new roof looks great and doesn’t leave you with an empty bank account.