Choosing a roofing contractor can be a harrowing experience. It can be tough to know who to trust with something as important as replacing your home’s roof. However, there are a few key things to keep in mind that will help you choose a roofer you can trust while steering clear of roofing scams.
Consider Community Ties
Many disreputable contractors have no ties to a community. Any company with a longstanding relationship with the community should be viewed as inherently more trustworthy than one who hasn’t made the effort to become established. Companies who stay in a community are part of that community, and less likely to be trying to pull a scam on prospective customers.
Ask for References
Even companies who are established in the community may not deliver the best service, so always ask for references from a couple of recent jobs. These should be from customers the company has served in the last 6-12 months, as new management or ownership can greatly impact the way the business is run. Once you have the references, don’t just ask if the company did a good job; ask about their customer service, whether they stayed on time and on budget, and whether there were any problems during the job.
Certifications and Training Increase Trust
Any roofing contractor worth their salt seeks continuing education on the latest methods of roof replacement and repair. Make sure you ask every prospective roofing contractor what certifications they hold and how often they attend new certification courses. Training is also essential when it comes to installing and repairing the newest roofing materials. New materials require new techniques and have different upkeep requirements. For these reasons and many others, regular training should always be a part of the program for any roofing contractor you choose.
Trust Your Instincts
Gut reactions can be an important indicator of whether or not you should trust a roofing contractor. If something just doesn’t add up or makes you feel uneasy about the transaction, it’s probably a good idea to act on that. You shouldn’t work with a contractor that makes you feel like there might be a scam in play.
At Imperial Roofing, we’ve been serving the Tampa and Land O’ Lakes areas for three generations. We’re committed to exceptional roofing solutions that don’t break the bank. Contact us today for your free roofing estimate!