A new roof is one of the largest and most expensive home improvement projects there is, and of course, it’s one of the most essential too, while most other projects are optional. It may be tempting to undertake some or all of the work on your own, when you realize just how costly a roofing renovation or a new roof can be, although using one of the many roofers available locally is a better idea for most of us. Many roofing contractors have an excellent reputation, and it pays to hire one if you are in the early stages of any roofing project. A good roofer will offer valuable tips on choosing the most appropriate materials based on where you live and the type of house you live in. And of course, they will also do a great job, complete the work on time and stick to their budget. These tips can help you choose a reliable roofer rather than simply calling the first one that appears in the yellow pages or the search results.

1) Get Referrals

If you know a neighbor or friend who has had work carried out on their roof in the last ten years or so, ask them for a referral; it’s one sure way to get the names of some reliable roofing contractors. Ask whether that person would work with those roofers again and was they happy with the work that was carried out. Most people will give honest and unbiased feedback and to find out what sort of experience you can realistically expect to have with a company, testimonials from previous customers remains a good way to find that out.

2) Do Your Research

Begin looking more closely at each roofing Coquitlam company if you have identified at least three possible companies. The company you work with should be insured and licensed, and your local BBB (Better Business Bureau) and the chamber of commerce can verify there are no allegations against the company or red flags you should know about. Angie’s List and other consumer review sites are also good sources of honest comments and feedback.

3) Meet Face To Face

Meeting a potential roofing contractor face to face in your home gives you a chance to decide whether you want to work with them. Is your roofer knowledgeable and enthusiastic and professional looking? And of course, it’s also a chance for the roofing contractors to check out the details and scope of the job and advise you on the cost, and amount of time it will take to complete. Get a list of references and make a point of checking them, and don’t be afraid to take part in the decision-making process yourself, although your contractor is the knowledgeable one when it comes to procedures and materials.

4) Get It In Writing

A signed contract should cover everything, including safety measures and liability, the work schedule, payment plan, and the methods used to clean up any mess. All the details of the job should be covered, and unless you have a signed contract, then no work should be carried out. If the roofing contractor doesn’t pay a vendor for materials, a lien waiver can help to protect against claims.

5) You Get What You Pay For

The confidence you have in the roofer you choose to do the job is probably more important than the cost, although the cost is an important factor. Many homeowners consider peace of mind to be worth a lot, and the cheapest bid isn’t always the best option.