First thing is to research the different types of roofing and decide ahead of time which direction you want to go. This will significantly reduce your time looking for a qualified contractor. The company you hire should depends on their expertise in material and style you desire. If you are looking for a budget solution, keep in mind that the average cost for materials for a 2,500 square-foot home can range from $2,500 to $25,000. While the cheapest solution may be appealing, it may not always be the best solution for your home. Carefully consider the balance between cost effectiveness and quality.
2. Get More Than One Estimate
Talking to several roofing companies can help you get a better feel for the honesty and price ranges of the companies you are considering. We recommend interviewing at least three contractors before you make a firm hiring decision. Look at the estimate but remember that price is only one aspect of the project. It’s important to be wary of any ridiculously low or high bids. Often times you get what you pay for.
On average you should be thinking anywhere between $6000 – $10,000 for a residential roofing project.
3. Are They Credible?
Any contractor you hire to work on your home should be fully licensed and insured. Ask to see their contractors license and dig into their online presence to see if they exhibit a professional demeanor.
4. Ask for References and Examples of Previous Work.
You should consider asking each contractor for a reference or two to gather some feedback from other customers. Check their online reviews for positive experiences. You may also want to ask to see some examples of recent jobs.
The right contractor will show his/her expertise in their industry and provide an easy and positive customer experience.
5. Always Review The Warranty
Always read every contract carefully before signing. You shouldn’t feel pressured to sign anything you aren’t comfortable with. Most professionals will be happy to take the time to review the contract and help you understand their terms.
Most contracts come with a warranty. Look to see if they provide any sort of follow up in case of a faulty job. As a rule of thumb, all materials and workmanship should be guaranteed for at least 5 years. The materials themselves should also carry a 20-to-40-year warranty. Look for lifetime warranties if possible.