Any sort of roofing job or roofing repair can be expensive. Not all roofing companies are as experienced as the claim to be. You have to know what to look for when going to hire someone. Below I will give you some tips on what to look for and what to avoid.
1) Are you getting roofers that come knocking at your door for work? This happens a lot, and this is not a good thing. These are scam artists. They trick homeowners into thinking and believing that they need work done, when they really don’t. They also approach elderly people. Elderly people are their primary targets. There are some roofers who actually create a problem, just so they have something to fix. You need to watch out for these types of people. They are not professional. If you get approached by someone going door-to-door, please don’t answer. Consult with a roofing company who actually knows what they are doing. These are professional who have been in business for a long time. Those who go door-to-door, have not. They are not even real roofers.
2) Never go with someone who asks for money upfront. This is a dead giveaway. Any professional will tell you they don’t work that way. Those who ask for money up front, are not out to do the job at hand. They are just looking to collect money from you. They may promise to do the job, but they will never show. Be hesitant with these people. If they do ask you for the money, find out why. Confront them and find out what they are really after. Usually when they are placed under the gun, they will go away.
3) Always be patient. A good roofer will have other jobs that need their attention first. A reputable roofer will always be book far in advance. If they seem to eager to get the job done, this is also a bad sign. If you notice this red flag, find someone else. The key is patience. Unless you have a major leak that requires attention right away, always wait for quality professionals to handle the job.
4) Always ask for the credentials. Don’t just assume they are carrying them. Don’t assume that they have the certification to back their work up. A reputable roofer will not have an issue with this. If they start to show hesitation and get defensive, this is a bad sign.
5) How much do you really know about the person? The key is finding out about who they are first. Never give in to the first quote. So many do this, then they get ripped off. Ask to see a company profile. Talk to them about their reviews. Find out how long they have been in business. Never go with someone who just started their job. Never go with someone who hasn’t been in business for at least ten years, if not more. Never choose a fly-by-night operation.
6) Stay local. This may sound like a cliché, but you need to stay local. This way if something goes wrong, you can get in touch with them more easily. If they are far away, the chances they will come back are few and far between.