Roofing Contractors: What to Look for in a Roofing Company

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Before hiring a roofing contractor, you should ask yourself these three important questions. While everyone will know the first one, the others are also extremely important and often neglected. These tips aren’t just relevant for hiring roofing contractors either, so after reading this you’ll make a much wiser decision when hiring any contractor.

1. Are they licensed and insured? This is an obvious question you should always ask about any contractor. However, this is an even more important question for roofers than for other contractors, as a faulty roof can lead to massive problems to your home.

If they mess up and your roof leaks, it’s not just your roof that will need replacing. But all the problems caused by water damage throughout your home—mold, mildew, and replacing drywall and interior walls. The cost can be astronomical and guess who’s stuck with the bill?

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2. What types of materials will they be using? A low quote doesn’t mean a good deal. Not every roofing contractor is going to quote for the same materials. For example, are they using 15-pound felt tarpaper or a synthetic underlayment? Using tarpaper may make for a lower quote, but the quality of the roof is significantly reduced.

You should also consider shingles. Architectural shingles should always be preferred. Three-tab shingles are a cheap way out, but should be avoided. They’re not very durable or long-lasting. While they’re cheaper initially, they’ll cost you more money in the long-run.

Rather than just selecting the lowest quote (which is usually a poor decision), you should consider exactly what types of materials they’re using and make your decision based on value and need. Not just the lowest price.

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3. Are they manufacturer certified? Both CertainTeed® and GAF® provide certification programs for roofers. Not only do these programs guarantee that the contractor installs the products according to manufacturer guidelines, but these programs also offer benefits for roofing contractors.

For example, as CertainTeed® SELECT ShingleMasters™, NexGen is able to provide a 4-Star Warranty, which includes materials, labor, tear-off, and disposal. We take it even further by guaranteeing workmanship—for life!

There’s no excuse for not being certified.

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6 thoughts on “Roofing Contractors: What to Look for in a Roofing Company

  1. Tiffany Locke says:

    A roofing contractor that uses the right materials that will provide your home with the value you’re looking for would be a good idea. The proper materials will probably provide your home with the protection it needs. You’d probably want to make sure you hire a contractor that knows how to work with the type of roof you have so that they will be able to handle the project.

  2. Ashley Turns says:

    My husband and I are planning on remodeling our residential roof and are looking for a professional to help us. So thanks for mentioning that we should find a roofing company that uses quality materials like synthetic underlayment and architectural shingles. I’ll make sure that we ask each roofing company we consider what materials they plan to use so we can know that they will last us quite a few years.

  3. Tracy Fullmer says:

    Glad to see this type of article that has been written for homeowners. Thanks for such information!!! I will share this information that will surely help others to hire roofing contractors locally. One point I would like to add that is Testimonials, we should see rating and reviews before hiring.

  4. You made a good point when you said that the roofer should be licensed and insured before hiring their services. It is recommended that you look for a roofing company that is licensed to ensure that you’re dealing with a company that is legally authorized to operate their business. Also, you may want to verify if they are insured just in case an accident occurs. Plus, you would also have some peace of mind that just in case any problems arise, they would be able to cover liability. If I were to hire a roofer, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.

  5. Derek Dewitt says:

    I noticed the other day that some of my roof shingles have started to fall off, so I am thinking about getting them inspected before the snow sets in. I like that you mention how a low quote doesn’t always mean a good deal. I want quality materials used on my roof so it doesn’t leak later, so I’ll be sure to ask about this. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Ashley Maxwell says:

    Thanks for your tip to hire a roofing contractor that is licensed and insured so that no major problems ever arise during construction. I like how you said that they should also use high-quality materials. My husband an I need a new roof put on our home, so we are looking into professional roofers who use the best shingles materials.

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