Having a leaking or windy roof tends to put a person in a state of alarm. You know you won’t be able to relax inside your own home until the thing is fixed, and you’re probably aware that the problem will worsen the longer you leave it unattended.
So, naturally, you go and look for a local contractor that will fix you up with some patches. In smaller areas, these types of businesses are usually ran by honest, trustable and experienced people, typically as a family business. However, chances are you live in a city with many different roofers to choose from, all seemingly using state-of-the-art methods and offering good deals, making your choice difficult or downright stressful. After all, patching up a roof on your home is one of the jobs you can’t afford to have botched. But how can you know who’s really offering what they claim, and who’s going to rip you off and leave your roof in a wanting state? A little tip while you are getting your roofing done: many roofing companies will also do rain gutter installations while they are putting on your new roof. Many times, you can get a better price on the rain gutters if you have them do a bid for both the roofing and rain gutters at the same time.
Comparing the prices and looking for a bargain
We all want a good deal every time we part with our money. Ideally, the service would be great and the price would be affordable, but this can’t always be the case. A good way to start off is using the internet to find every listing for a roofing company in your area. Then, compare these prices with as many other roofing companies in the state (and country) as possible. Eliminate any contractor demanding unreasonable fees – this is more often an issue in smaller zones, where businesses will try to use a lack of competition as justification to drive the prices up. Bargain prices are good, but be wary of roofers asking for much less than others and ask yourself: why aren’t they charging more?
If your list isn’t too large, feel free to make a few calls regarding your issue. Explain the problem your roof is having and ask how they’ll go about fixing it. Pay attention to how confident the roofers sound in their own ability to complete the task, and try to compare the feedback from several companies. This will let you know whether you are dealing with someone who utilizes subpar methods or is trying to include unnecessary services. An informed customer ends up being a happy customer.
Checking out those reviews
Speaking of information, you can’t get much better and more impartial than reviews from past customers. If you know people who’ve had problems with their roofs and had to seek out a contractor, great. If not, get online once more and browse pages like Yelp to get user feedback.
Pay attention to what ex-customers are saying about every aspect of the roofing company: the employees, the methods, the prices, the time needed and so forth. Also, be on the lookout for ‘shills’ – sometimes, companies will pay people to write positive reviews and make it look like they’re not affiliated with the company in any way, when in reality, what they’re offering couldn’t be farther from the truth.