Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Choosing a Roofer

by | Mar 10, 2016 | Buyer Beware

Choosing a Roofing ContractorDo you need to replace your roof or have it repaired? Investing in your roof is a major expense. It’s important to make sure you do your research and choose a reputable, experienced contractor to complete the work.

For many homeowners, the options can seem daunting. Many individuals who call themselves professional roofers are actually “fly-by-night” contractors, swindling homeowners before disappearing. So how can you be sure you’re making the
right decision?

When choosing a residential roofing contractor, make sure you avoid these common mistakes:

1.     Not Researching the Roofing Company’s Reputation

It’s important to do your homework on the residential roofers you’re considering.

Make sure you pay attention to:

  • Location: Beware of door-to-door roofers. A legitimate, well-established roofing company will have a physical location out of which they operate. If they give you a PO box, make sure you follow up and request their
    actual address.
  • Read Customer Reviews: There’s no better barometer than the experiences of previous customers. Many residential roofing companies will post customer testimonials on their website, though you should also visit
    third-party sources like HomeStars.
  • Check out the Company’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) Rating: BBB’s database helps people find local, reputable businesses. A company’s BBB profile will include current and resolved complaints
    and customer reviews.

Herb Lodde Roofing is a BBB-accredited business and maintains an A+ Rating.

2.     Hiring an Unlicensed or Uninsured Roofer

If something goes wrong – whether your home suffers damage or a contractor is injured – you can be left on the hook if the company is uninsured.

A reputable residential roofing company should have:

  • General Liability, which protects your home if a contractor damages it while completing work.
  • Workers’ Compensation to provide coverage if a contractor is injured on the job.

Always check credentials as you’re doing your research to make sure you hire a qualified, licensed

3.     Failing to Secure a Written Estimate

Be wary if a roofer doesn’t want to sign a contract in favour of an under-the-table cash payment.

A little saving early in the game can mean big problems down the road.

Always get all the necessary details – materials, labour, cost breakdowns, and what should happen if anything changes – in writing. This will guarantee your investment and help you compare quotes.

4.     Not Getting a Warranty on Work Performed

Securing a good, comprehensive warranty is a smart decision. Reputable roofers who take pride in their work will offer a warranty to back it up and will offer advice on available manufacturers’ warranties like lifetime warranties on laminate shingles.

At Herb Lodde, we offer a ten-year workmanship warranty on all completed roof replacements.

5.     Making a Price-Based Decision

It’s crucial you don’t make a decision based purely on price. Although it’s important to weigh competing quotes against each other, your decision should ultimately be based on the quality of workmanship the contractor
can provide.

A roof installation is a major investment. It’s important to make sure you choose to work with a reputable roofing contractor who can provide quality workmanship using high quality materials.

Herb Lodde Roofing has been providing quality roof replacements and repairs since 1964. We stand behind our workmanship and are committed to delivering superior results using the best materials. Contact us today to schedule your in-home consultation!

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