Avoid Roofers Asking for Money Upfront
First off, it is important to be cautious about roofers that go door-to-door looking for roof repairs or are taking advantage of emergency roof repairs due to storm damage. Many of these companies are just scammers. They may offer a cheap price on a roof and expect the money upfront only to never be seen or heard from again. Always avoid roofers who demand advance payments before the roofing is accomplished or even started.
A roofing company who is serious about the kind of work they provide will only ask for payment when the project is finished. At that point, an inspection should be done and then money is exchanged based on your satisfaction. River City Roofing Solutions we will never ask for money upfront or advanced payments during the process. We offer free roofing estimates and
roofing finance options to fit your budget.
Gather Roofing Company Recommendations
To get started, ask your family, friends and neighbors for recommendations they might have for a professional roofing company. If they have previously hired the services of a roofer for residential roofing, they would be able to guide you with regard to their roof repairs and replacement services and costs.
You can also contact the local builders association and see if they can offer some suggestions. Keep in mind the roofing companies reputation, experience and knowledge. A reputable company like River City Roofing Solutions will have valuable experience and knowledge from a long history of installing roofs with many great references and testimonials.
Do Some Research
With a list of roofing companies in your hand, try doing some research on your own to narrow down your choices. Check to see if they are licensed, insured and listed with local building associations. Check if they are available for emergency services 24/7. Also, search for their reviews online and read what other people have to say about them. This little research on your part should help you narrow down your choices.
Visit the websites of potential roofing companies and look at their portfolio of roofing repairs and replacement projects. As a homeowner you will want to see a variety of examples from the roofing company you hire to see the overall quality and finished product. For example, if you are in need of a traditional shingle roof replacement, their roofing portfolio should reflect they are an experienced shingle roof contractor. In addition, being able to contact some of the other homeowners, or actually see the houses in person, can be useful to help ensure that you know what you’re getting. Check out River City Roofing Solutions roofing portfolios at the bottom of the Home, Decatur Roofing, Huntsville Roofing and Madison Roofing pages.
Contact the Roofing Company
Now with just a few names on your list, it would be easy to select the one you want to hire. But before hiring one, contact each roofing company and ask them to visit your premises, do an evaluation and give you an estimate for the roofing project. In the process, interview them thoroughly to know the quality of roofing products they would use. Always get several roofing estimates as described below before you begin any work. Then select the best roofer most suitable for your roofing project. River City Roofing Solutions is available to answer your roofing questions and 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your emergency roofing needs.
Request Roofing Estimates
Pricing makes a big difference in any purchase or investment, and that’s true for roofing projects as well. Before you hire a roofing company, make sure they provide you with an accurate and thorough estimate for the roofing services you need. An accurate quote in writing will help you know upfront exactly what to expect, and not be surprised down the line by a sudden increase in costs.
The roofing estimate should also be thorough. For instance, it should be itemized to include the list of materials and labor involved, including removing the old roof, clean up and disposal. This also allows you to make sure the right nails, roofing supplies, and products are going to be used. Ultimately it protects you and the company from unexpected charges.
You should feel at ease in asking questions about the estimate, so you are well aware of what is going to be done. Here at River City Roofing Solutions we understand you may not understand the technical terms, so we make ourselves available to help you. We offer quick free roofing quotes.
Ask for Roofing Discounts
Various roofing contractors are providing attractive discounts and packages on the roofing services you require. You can make a thorough comparison between the different packages offered by the multiple contractors and choose the most appropriate one with regard to your needs and affordability.
Go Over the Warranty
Any new roof that you have installed, or roof repair made on your home, should come with a warranty. This will ensure that you are protected from material flaws or mishaps in the installation or construction of your roof that should never have happened. Different roofing materials may have different warranty lengths. You should know all of this information upfront, so as to make the best decision for yourself and your home.
A good roof will last you for years and a reliable roofing company to back up that roof will aid you in the future with any concerns. When a roofing company is picked based on their long-standing past work, you will have a better chance of having your warranty work applied if ever needed.
Finally, Sign the Roofing Contract
A professional roofing company will give you a written contract before any work is done. Remember to be very careful not to enter into a contract with a roofing contractors who only accept cash, demand an advance of the cost, offer a discount on hiring them immediately or pressurize you to sign the agreement.
Review the details of the contract very carefully and see whether everything included concerning the project has been listed in the agreement. From the dates of starting and completion, to the roofing material cost and labor involved as listed in the estimate described above. Your contract should also have information about the name brand of shingles to be used, and all warranty details.