Options – Getting Started & Next Steps

Finding a Roofing Contractor

There are plenty of ways to begin your search for the roofing contractor who satisfies your individual needs. Referrals are apparently the best source of names of well-reputed companies. Ask relatives and friends whom they have used before.

Get in touch with your local Chamber of Commerce to know which contractors are popular in the area. Also perfect sources of information are the Better Business Bureau, local trade associations, state and local licensing authorities, and your phone book, not mention local building product suppliers.

The following are considerations to make before you hire a roofer:

Job Quality

The best guarantee that your new roof will last long without leaks is to choose a quality shingle product, and to be sure that the shingles are properly installed – with good workmanship, a roof will shed water.

Shingle Quality

Don’t hesitate to purchase a quality shingle product from a top manufacturing company, regardless if it is more expensive, but don’t stop there. Wrong installation will make even the highest quality shingle wrong for you. The main sources of asphalt shingle roofing installation standards are The key providers of asphalt shingle roofing installation standards are the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association (ARMA) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). Roofing products are also measured as per ASTM standards.

Roofer’s Reputation and Experience

Before hiring a roofing contractor, check with your local consumer business office and go through Internet reviews from local customers.

Shingle Installation Supervision

You need to be sure that the people will actually do as they are supposed to, or are at least supervised from day to day by a pro. Plenty of roofing companies have salesmen or prime contractors selling the job but sending less than qualified installers who work with little or zero expert supervision.

Roof Maintenance

Before committing to a roofing contractor, make sure you discuss regular roof inspections, your under-roof’s condition or attic ventilation, any special problem spots that may be on your roof, and what must be done about them.

After listing names of prospective contractors, spend time to assess each one exhaustively. A reliable contractor will be enthusiastic about providing any information that you may need to make a decision, such as:

> business name and address

> experience

> licensing/bonding/insurance (ask for proof)

> professional and credit references

> warranty

To summarize, you need a roofing contractor who is knowledgeable about good roofing practices and roof flashing details, how to resolve problem spots on building roofs, and alternative roof covering products like shingle types and colors, low slope roofing, and the rest.

A respectable roofer will give you with wise advice on products, procedure explanations, and, most importantly, excellent results. It’s hard to know the actual capabilities of a contractor, but with a little research, planning and lots of common sense, it does get easier.

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