If you have a tile, slate, or copper roof, you can expect it to last a solid 50 years before you need to think about replacing it. Homeowners with asphalt shingles have a significantly shorter useful life out of their roof at 15 to 20 years. When your roof has reached the end of its life, you’ll need to hire a roofer to replace it.
Don’t hire just anyone, though. Your home is your largest investment, and the roof is what protects it. You need a skilled contractor who uses quality materials to ensure your new roof lasts.
This guide will help you choose the best roofing company for your home’s roof replacement.
Independent or Company
An independent roof may be the perfect choice for a small project. They may also specialize in a unique style or material. You’ll work with the same person throughout the project, but it may take a bit longer.
A company can provide quicker service and a broader suite of services. Do your research to get a better understanding of all the services a roofing contractor can offer. They may cost a bit more, but they are more likely to offer manufacturer warranties and more options for materials.
The best roofers have worked in the roofing industry for a long time. They have an established reputation for professionalism and quality. Remember, your roof is supposed to last decades, so if a company’s roofs aren’t lasting, neither will the company.
License and Insurance
Check if the company is licensed in your state and carries insurance. Not all areas require that a contract has a license. However, looking for this requirement means you’re working with someone who takes their business seriously and conforms with the local building requirements.
Insurance is a must because it will provide coverage in the event that someone is injured or there is property damage as a result of the contractor performing their work. Otherwise, it is your homeowner’s insurance that is on the hook.
Ask a few professional roofing companies in your area for an estimate. Then you can compare rates and determine what will fit your budget. Try to hire the best company that fits within your realistic budget for the project.
Blindly choosing the cheapest company you can find is not smart. You will sacrifice workmanship and material quality. This results in a roof that may not last the full 15 to 20 years.
Work With the Best Roofing Company
By keeping these tips in mind you’ll be able to choose the best roofing company in your area. Look for a company or independent contractor that has an established business in the industry. They should have a license and insurance.
Ask for an estimate and then agree to the work with a written contract. The price you pay should be reasonable but not so low as to compromise the quality of the finished roof.
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.