Americans spend an average of just under $7,000 on a roof installation service. Considering that roofs typically last between 15 and 20 years before you need a new one, that’s a lot of money spent on roof replacement in a homeowner’s lifetime.
Of course, costs vary across materials–installing roof shingles is cheaper than metal, tile, or slate–and the company you choose to work with. If you want to learn how to save money while getting a quality re-roofing service, read on.
Length of Time in Business
When it comes to roof installation services, it stands to reason that the longer a company has been in the profession, the better they’ll be at the job. Scour a company’s website to look for the date they started their company and examples of past projects.
Ask them the following questions:
- How long have you been in the business?
- How many people work for your company?
- Who will be installing my roof?
- Will an experienced supervisor be on-site at all times during the installation?
- How many properties have you re-roofed in my neighborhood?
- Can I talk to any of your past customers?
A cheap but shoddy contractor has burned many a homeowner. Don’t fall into the same trap by choosing someone with no reputation.
Insurance Coverage and Licensing
Roof replacement is dangerous work–which, incidentally, is why you should never DIY roof repair.
Reputable roofing businesses are licensed and have insured their workers against accidents. They also have all the tools and equipment needed for safe and efficient roofing.
Before you settle on a company, familiarise yourself with the contractor licensing requirements in your city and state. Only work with companies that hold the required licenses.
Keep in mind that that appealingly cheap quote may mean the company isn’t paying licensing fees or insurance.
Past Projects and Referrals
Of course, you can (and should) check a company’s website for customer reviews and information about their past projects. However, keep in mind that company’s only post positive feedback on their websites. And that doesn’t tell you the whole story.
Whether you’re getting a touch-up or a complete metal roof installation, you need to look at third-party review services to build a better picture of the companies you’re considering hiring. First, head to Google maps and take a look at the reviews there. Then, check to see if they’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Don’t forget to ask around friends and family, too. Maybe you know someone at work who recently had their roof replaced? There’s a reason over 80 percent of people surveyed by Neilsen said they trust word-of-mouth referrals the most.
A Roof Installation Service That Works for You
It’s good to follow the “three estimates” rule when hunting down the exemplary roof installation service. Getting at least three estimates (ideally more) will provide you with enough information to choose the most suitable roofing company for your needs. And be sure to run through that contract with a fine-toothed comb before signing on the dotted line.
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