Need a Roofing Company? Find the Right One with These 7 Tips

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If you own your own home, you know how important your roofing is to the safety of your house and your family. If you need to have work done on your roofing, finding the right roofing company can prove to be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you get the right roofing company for your needs:

  1. Talk to the people you know. If you know homeowners, you probably know people who have hired a roofing company. Talk to your friends and family, who live near you. Talk to your neighbors. You want to find recommendations for roofing companies in your area. It is always good when two, or more, of the people you know give you the same recommendation.
  2. Go with a local company. While going with locals does not guarantee that the experience will be a good one, you have a much better chance. Plus once you narrow down your search you can ask around and find out what their reputation is. Also, there are a lot of rules and regulations that are specific to where you live. For example, if you are having metal roofing installed, you need your roofing contractor to know and follow all of those rules and regulations. The local roofing company has a better chance of being familiar with them than one that is not near you.
  3. Talk to the Better Business Bureauandnbsp;(BBB). There are a lot of great roofing contractors out there but sadly, there are some who are not so reputable as well. After a storm, some come through an area to get work and often, they find it, they do a bad job, get a lot of money and leave, leaving the homeowner stuck. You can avoid having to deal with that if you get the roofing company’s rating from the BBB. If the metal roofer you are talking to has no BBB rating, steer clear. A good metal roof can last between 50 and 100 years, you want that, not a poorly installed one.
  4. Go for the most inclusive and long lasting warranty you can get. You want a warranty that covers the workmanship as well as the materials. The problem with many roof installations is that if there are problems with the way the roof was put in, you may not know about them for some time. For some homeowners, the problems do not make themselves apparent for years. If that happens to you, you need protection and you need to make sure you do not have to pay to fix the issues caused by a bad installation of a roof.
  5. Get a roofing company with a safety program. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), accidents from falls are some of the most common and dangerous. They have very specific fall protection rules and regulations and you want to make sure your roofing company knows them and follows them. Even if you have a low roof, OSHA regulations kick in for workers at heights as low as four feet.
  6. Make sure they have the right insurance and licenses. Before you start looking for a roofing company, research what the requirements are for your area. You can be held legally liable if one of the roofing company workers injures themselves while working on your home and the company does not have the right insurance. They should be able to provide you with proof of their coverage. Not all roofers needs to have a license but in a lot of areas they do. That does not mean if you live in an area where the license is required, some roofers may still not have one. Check that they have what they are required to have.Verify what they tell you. If they do not have it or will not tell you, hire a different roofing company.
  7. Go with your gut. If when you are talking to the roofer, you get a bad feeling, listen to this. Your roof is too important to take chances.

It is possible to get a really great roofing company and end up happy with the work they do, it just takes a little research, time and effort.

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