Hiring A Roofing Contractor
If you’re like I am, just the thought of inviting a stranger over to your home for a free estimate is overwhelming.
Those horror stories on the evening news about fly-by-night roofing contractors and rip-off artists happen all the time around here.
As a firefighter and paramedic, you learn to read people quickly and make snap decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.
Professional Hiring Tips
Hopefully, the stakes won’t be as high when you’re hiring the right roofing contractor. But, there’s a few things you can look for that will help you hire a professional:
- Raving reviews from past clients
- A solid BBB reputation
- Established local advertising
- Financially responsible and insured
- Concierge customer service
3 Roofing Contractor Skill Levels
For the sake of simplicity, we’ll divide home roofing contractors into (3) three skill levels. Level 1 will be our ground floor, the bottom skill level. Level 2 is better while Level 3 is where our best, highest rated roofing contractors reside…
Level 1: The Bottom
At the ground floor, you’ll discover a large pool of day laborers, apprentice roofers and rookie roofing companies. They work cheap and usually give you the lowest roofing bid.
It’s an honest living, but a hard life because the work isn’t always steady enough to pay the bills. They float in and out of business while struggling to cover their material bill, keep up with paying their liability insurance or covering their monthly truck payment.
Cheap Roofers Are Everywhere
Level 1 roofers are easy to find. There’s several on Craigslist right now. You could also go to your local home improvement store and wait in the parking lot. Look for any old truck with a red handkerchief tied around the back of a long ladder. Finally, you could hire a crew of day laborers yourself. Get to the hot spot early before the small contractors hire the guys with a little experience first.
A Level 1 roofer should be able to tear off and replace a simple 3-tab or a more difficult Timberline roof on a single story home or duplex. With proper supervision, they should be able to replace basic pipe flashing and keep the skylight, chimney and valley from leaking water into your home.
Level 2: The Middle
Here in the middle is where you’ll find that relatively small collection of solid roofing contractors. They’ve paid their dues at the bottom and have risen through the ranks to build a reputable business.
A Level 2 roofing contractor has a growing collection of satisfied customers. You’ll find them accredited and in good standing with the BBB. They’re financially responsible. Their material bills get paid on time. They carry large liability insurance policies.
Good Roofers In The Phone Book
Open up the phone book and you’ll find a few good roofers. That doesn’t mean that everybody in the phone book is good… or even good enough, but you can also go online to YellowPages.com, SuperPages.com, Google, Yahoo! or Bing to find out more about the roofing company you want to hire.
A good home roofing contractor has been in business long enough to get repeat business from their old customers. They are on the preferred status contractor’s list for major companies and have a good name within the industry.
At this level, the roofing contractor should be able to easily handle 3-tab and Timberline shingle roofs on low-slope and steep-slope homes. The roofing crew will have years of experience working on 2nd story, 3rd story and even higher homes. They are experienced with difficult flashing situations including dead valleys, low-slope skylights and leak detection.
More Choices, More Experience
Obviously, Level 2 home roofing estimates will be higher than the cheap bid you’ll get from Level 1 roofers. You should expect to pay around the standard roofing rates as established by Xactimate for a good, local roofing company.
Level 3: The Best
As with most things in life, the margin of difference between Level 2 and Level 3 is razor thin. Your investment may be marginal, but the benefits of working with the best roofing contractors are overwhelming.
Here’s a short list of the most obvious advantages:
Professional Roofing Estimates
Any roofer can throw out a quick estimate. The best roofing contractors have invested in professional training and have logged years of experience out in the field. They are able to put together a professional roofing estimate that clearly reflects the scope of work to be performed. They are full capable of answering the tough questions about your roofing job.
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