Need a residential roofing contractor for your project but not sure where to turn? Hiring a roofer starts by asking your neighbors or Homeowner Association (HOA) who they recommend. You’ll want to check roofing contractor requirements and directories for your state as well as find and read online reviews.
Then, call two or three local roofers in your area to schedule consultations. Check references, reviews and qualifications, compare bids, and negotiate the final price. Below, learn the ins and outs of contracting a roofing service that is right for your project and budget.
Roofing Contractor Qualifications
Roofing contractors have to meet the criteria of their municipality. Check your state’s roofer qualifications and directories before hiring.
Good roofing contractors are:
- Licensed in your area
- Bonded (which means that a bonding company has money available to a consumer in case they need to file a claim against that company)
- Willing to provide references
- Willing to write an estimate
Services a Roofing Contractor Offers
Roofing services vary from contractor to company. Ask the two or three roofers you’re interested in working with what services they offer. Some common roofing services include:
- Roof inspections that check for:
- Repairs and maintenance
- Installation or replacement
- Shoveling (removing snow and ice dams)
- Roof cleaning (pressure washing away mildew, moss, and buildup)
- Sealing, treating, or painting (especially for wood or metal roofs)
- Debris removal
Redoing a roof is a good time to check your gutters. You may find roofers who also offer gutter, siding, and window services. Ask the professionals in your area if they can complete other services. Tackling roofing and gutters at the same time can save you money in the long run since the contractor will already be on-site.
How to Hire a Roofing Contractor
When you’re ready to hire a roofing contractor, there are two types to consider: independent contractors and roofing companies. There are pros and cons to both. Always compare bids for the best price and check roofer reviews, references, and qualifications.
- Independent roofing contractors can be helpful for quick repairs. Because they either work independently or with subcontractors, it may take longer to complete large projects, like replacing your old roof. However, they may specialize in a particular style. Hiring an individual can be a risk, but it means you’ll see and work with the same person for the duration of the project.
- Roofing companies are more likely to complete large jobs more quickly, have their work covered by manufacturer warranties, offer discounts or free consultations and work with more materials. However, you may not have the same point of contact for each phase of the project.