After my disastrous experience with bargain bin roofing, I was determined not to be swindled again. There was a lot of work that needed to be done to bring my roof up to an acceptable standard, and I needed a company that really knew what they were doing to complete the task. This time, I took my time to ask around rather than calling the first phone number I came across. It is true that not all roofing companies are equal, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that the difference in quality is massive.
The best thing to do is ask for referrals from people you trust. That can include friends, family members, coworkers, or neighbors. If this is not an option for you, the next place to try is the internet. Many websites provide reviews for various services and businesses in your area. These can be very helpful, but it is important to keep in mind that anyone can write anything they want so reviews may not always be truthful or accurate. Use this as more of a guide to steer you towards the most promising prospects.
From there, call around and speak with each company to learn more about them. Do not be afraid to:
- Request a quote. Ask them to itemize costs and put it in writing for you if you plan to proceed. This way, you can avoid unexpected expenses once the work has begun.
- Inquire about certifications and insurance. It is crucial that they have the appropriate qualifications to work on your roof for liability reasons.
- Ask for references.
- Discuss the amount of experience their team has had working on roofs similar to yours. Different roofing materials must be handled accordingly. It is important for them to be familiar with the type of roofing material you plan to use
Price should not be the only criteria you use when choosing a roofing contractor, and it is often wise to call around and speak with a few different companies before deciding unless you’ve received a recommendation you know you can trust.
After taking the steps listed above, I ultimately decided to go with Louisville Roofing Contractors. They were knowledgeable and professional when discussing my situation, and took the time to go over a few possible solutions. I immediately felt confident in their ability and expertise, which is not something I can say about the previous roofing company.
They will begin the repairs on my roof this week. I’m looking forward to stowing away those buckets for another 20 years. If I never see another puddle in my living room again, it will be too soon. I’m just glad that no other area of the house has been damaged by the leaky roof. It has helped that there’s been less rain than usual for this time of year. Although no matter what, roof leaks or roof damage should always be dealt with as soon as possible.