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How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

There are various ways to start looking for the roofing contractor who addresses your specific 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. Local trade associations, state and local licensing authorities, the Better Business Bureau, and your phone book’s yellow pages are also good sources of information, not to mention local suppliers of construction products.

Below are points to consider prior to hiring 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. When installed the wrong way, even the highest quality shingle will not work best for you. The primary sources of asphalt shingle roofing installation standards include the National Roofing Contractors Association (NCRA) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association (ARMA). Also used to assess roofing products are ASTM standards.

Roofer’s Reputation and Experience

Prior to hiring a roofing contractor, consult with your local consumer affairs bureau and check out online reviews from local clients.

Shingle Installation Supervision

You have to be sure that the team will actually perform as they must, or are at least supervised on a daily basis by a professional. 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 you make final arrangements with a roofing contractor, you should discuss periodic roof inspections, attic ventilation or your under-roof’s condition, any issues with your roof, and the needed solutions.

After listing names of prospective contractors, spend time to assess each one exhaustively. A good contractor will be glad to give any information you may need, such as:

> business name and address

> experience

> licensing/bonding/insurance (ask for proof)

> professional and credit references

> warranty

In summary, you should hire a roofing contractor who has mastered good roofing practices and roof flashing details, the ways to handle problem spots on building roofs, and alternative products that cover roofs such as shingle colors, grades and types, low slope roofing, and the others.

A reputable roofer will offer you with sound recommendations on products, explanation of procedures, and, above all, perfect 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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