Finding reliable roofers is one thing; then you have to review their estimates wisely so you make the best choice.
Signs of a Reliable Roofer
First things first. Before you ever receive an estimate, there are signs you should “look for” to determine whether prospective roofers are reliable or not. These include things, like:
- A current contractor’s license
- Insurance and bonding
- A professional online presence
- Clear badges or listings of their certifications, awards and/or affiliations with industry-recognized organizations
Read, How to Tell if You Can Trust Your Roofing Contractor, for more points on finding a reliable roofer you can trust for this job, as well as future maintenance work.
Roofing contractors should provide professional, legible estimates
Once they’ve inspected the roof and identified the issue(s), prospective roofing contractors should provide a clearly-written estimate. And, because you may have to compare estimates between roofers, the more detailed the estimate is, the better.
Estimates should include:
- Company information, contractor’s license number, contact info, etc.
- Start and completion dates
- Payment terms
- Labor and materials estimates
- Costs for permit(s), if necessary (typically required for roof replacement)
- Information about specific types/brands of materials (underlayment, flashing, shingles, tile, etc.) as well as warranty materials
The more information included, the easier it is to compare “apples to apples,” so to speak.
Personal referrals for similar jobs will put your mind at ease
Once you’ve narrowed the options, ask the roofers to provide personal references from homeowners who’ve had similar work done, using the same roofing materials (shingle, tiles, metal, etc.), within the past few months to a year. Timeliness matters as the crew(s) working now may not have been the same as the one working on a roofing project three-, five- or 10-years ago.
Then, take the time to contact the referrals and ask questions about whether or not the roofer was true to the estimate, the professionalism of the employees on the job, their ability to stick to schedules and deadlines, their willingness to facilitate insurance and/or warranty claims, etc. This information will help you select the most reliable roofer for your roof repair or replacement, so you can trust the job will be done right.
Are you in the market for a reliable roofer who provides detailed, professional estimates? Contact the team at Imperial. We forge long-term relationships with Tampa-area homeowners, ensuring their roofs are maintained long after the initial repair or replacement is complete.