The biggest challenge homeowners typically face when it’s time to call on a roofing contractor is choosing the right roofing professional to get the job done. Finding a dependable, trustworthy roofer may seem like an overwhelming task, especially if you need roof-related assistance as soon as possible, but it doesn’t have to be if you keep the following tips in mind.
Check Better Business Bureau (BBB) Ratings
Confirm that a roofer is really reputable by checking out their BBB rating. Not every good roofing contractor will have a solid A+ rating. So take a look at the nature of any listed complaints. If you’re seeing mostly minor issues that were resolved, you can feel confident in your selection. But stay away from any roofer not listed at all on BBB.org.
Check the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association Website
The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) is a statewide trade association of roofing contractors. The group requires listed contractors to demonstrate best business practices to become NTRCA members.
Click the “Find a Roofer” tab and choose residential and commercial. Filter your search based on company name or city. Incidentally, any roofer listed on NTRCA’s website who is a BBB member must maintain an “A” rating.
Get and Check References
A roofing company that’s proud of their work will have no problem providing references, or examples of their past work. But insist on a mix of old and new references. This way you can see if a particular roofer has been consistent in their work and with the way they treat customers.
Confirm They Are Local
Avoid the risk of potential scams by confirming that a roofer is really local. It’s fine if a company is actually based in a nearby city or town as long as it’s clear that they normally serve your community and other ones in the area. One way to do this is to check out a roofer’s website to see if they reference your town, city, or community.
Local roofer are also more likely to be familiar with local regulations and codes. They’re also likely to have good relationships with area suppliers, which could ultimately be good for your budget.
Do Your Homework On Your Selected Company/Companies
Once you’ve narrowed down your selection to one company or a handful of companies, do your homework to get a better feel for what you can expect if you hire a particular roofer. Start by checking third party review sites. You’ll get more honest input this way. If you are seeing mostly positive reviews, do some additional “homework” by:
- Confirming proper licensing and insurance
- Checking out their social media pages to see how they interact with customers
- Looking for references to industry certifications or memberships listed on their website
Most reputable roofers will check out your roof or discuss your replacement, repair, or installation options before any decisions need to be made. You should also be able to get an honest estimate before agreeing to anything. Lastly, go with your gut! After doing your homework and meeting with a roofing contractor, you should be able to make a confident decision.