Roofing contractors can be a specific bundle. Removing an old roof and installing new roofing is a dirty, labor-intensive job for sure. Because it's a tough job, and because every roof installation is different, there are countless different methods and ways to install a roof-expect each roofing contractor you interview to have a little bit of a different opinion than the next one.
There are several important things to keep in mind when choosing the right roofing contractor …
Regional Considerations. The methods of installing a roof in the Northeast US are going to be quite different from those used in Southern California, for example. Expect different roofing systems and installation procedures, depending on the particular region. Also, be absolutely sure to work with a roofing company that meets all local licensing, code, and insurance requirements.
Type Of Roof. There are literally hundreds of different types of roofing materials that can be used. It's vital to understand the roofing system that you want installed on your home or commercial property. It starts with the different types of sub-roofing, sheathing, tar paper, and substrates used (and of course, there are the different finish materials used as well). The roof could be tile, asphalt shingle, wood shingle, slate, metal, membrane type roofing, and the list goes on. You've got to make sure the roofing contractor you select specializes in the type of roof to be installed.
Removal Of Old Roofing. Oftentimes, removing the old roofing and preparing for a new roof is a larger job than the final installation of the new roofing. Keep this in mind and be sure to select someone fully qualified and experienced in the full job if re-roofing a building. In this case, you probably would not want to go with a roofing contractor that specializes in installing roofs on brand new houses.
Experience With Type Of Job. Some roofs are flat; some are just simple with very gentle slopes, while other roof jobs require experience working with steep slopes, complex peaks and valleys, or other notable roofline features. Ensure your contractor has an extensive experience with the type and complexity of job that you'll be working with.
Attention To Detail. It's important to pay close attention to a roofer's method of detail. Nailing down vast spreads of tab shingle is the easy part. Working with metal flashing and doing the detail work is often what separates a quality roofing job from a sub-standard job. Ensure the roofing contractor's detail team is experienced and proficient in the detail work.
Past Performance. Naturally, you'll want to check out several of the roofer's references before hiring them. It's a good idea to call or meet with a few of these references in person to get a good feel for how the job was handled. Also, be sure to check out a few of the recent roofs installed by the contractor too.
Job Site Condition. You can learn so much about the quality of a roofing contractor by simply observing how they work. When they're on a job site, does the roofing crew seem to be in a state of mass chaos or are they working in a well-organized, orderly fashion? How well do they clean up the job site at the end of the day? Look for professional roofers that take a great deal of pride in the work they do and in the job site they maintain.
Putting on a new roof is a fundamental investment for sure. For this reason, it's really important to get it right. Always be sure to work with a good contract that clearly identifies every detail of the job, including all future warranties. Remember, installing a new roof is not cheap, so do not simply look for the lowest priced provider-but rather one that will get the job done right!