How to Find a Qualified Roofer
By John Voket
Many homeowners may opt to bring in a roofing contractor instead of performing a roofing evaluation themselves. So in this report, we'll tap Clement and the experts at DaVinci Roofscapes for some additional advice on finding a good roofing contractor.
First, check to make sure the roofer you are considering is insured and licensed. Then, ask for a written job estimate and references along with warranty information for both the roof you select and the roofer's installation services.
Here are some other recommendations to help find qualified installers in your area:
1. Go to a roof manufacturer’s website to see if they have a preferred installer program. Many manufacturers have special designations for roofing contractors that are skilled at installing their roofs.
2. Ask your local lumberyards, distribution centers and building product dealerships for recommendations on quality roofing installers in your area. You can also ask architects and general contractors if they have a recommendation for a roofer they feel does exceptional work.
3. Visit a website like 1800contractor.com, Home Advisor or Angie’s List. Let them match you up with installers in your specific geographic area to receive installation quotes. And, make sure to check the Better Business Bureau and Chamber of Commerce for roofer listings in your area.
4. Ask family, friends and colleagues for recommendations of reputable roofers they’ve used in the past. Select those whose services have been stand-out top quality with your friends.
5. Visit the National Roof Contractors Association (NRCA) website. In the "Consumers" section on the homepage there's a "Find a Contractor" button - plug in your zip code to find an NRCA member roofer in your area.
You'll also find other valuable information on this website regarding your roofing project.