A google search for ‘roofing company’ finds over 200 between Longmont, Greeley, Loveland, and Fort Collins. And this doesn’t include Denver! These range from tiny 1-man operations to nationwide, multi-location roofing companies. With all these roofing companies to choose from, how to find a good one?
Below, I outline 6 things to look for in a good roofing company, plus my commendation.
1. Hire Local
2. Warranty their work
3. Read on-line reviews
4. Licensed and insured
5. Don’t pay upfront
6. Price isn’t everything
Hiring a local roofing company not only supports your community, but a local company will be more familiar with our weather patterns. This familiarity is better suited to match an appropriate roofing material and installation method that matches your home’s requirements.
Furthermore, a local company will have an established reputation within the community.
Make sure the roofing company can warranty their work AND the roofing material they’re installing. Also, make sure you completely understand the warranties and guarantees. Any reputable company should be able to guarantee their work for at least 5 years and the roofing material they’re installing for at least 10 years.
Read reviews to see what people are saying about the roofing companies you’re researching. Be sure, however, to read reviews from more than once source. For example, Yelp is known for hiding positives reviews, so be sure to also read reviews from GuildQuality, Google, Top Rated Local, and FaceBook, just to name a few rating and review websites.
Never hire a roofing company that isn’t licensed and also insured. A licensed company is one that has a trade license, as required by local laws. If they don’t have a license, then they haven’t passed the trade skills tests that show they know what they’re doing.
Make sure the company you’re hiring also has worker’s compensation and general liability insurance. Don’t take their word for it, ask to see the paperwork, then call their insurance company to verify.
Don’t pay for everything upfront
It’s not uncommon to pay for half up front, but definitely don’t pay for everything upfront. In fact, most reputable roofing companies won’t collect anything upfront, not even a deposit.
Price isn’t everything
You get what you pay for can also apply to your roof. There are lesser expensive asphalt shingles, but you don’t want to skimp on a lesser quality installation. You can have the most expensive roofing material, but if it’s installed incorrectly, it will fail.
I’ve been working with Bob Behrends Roofing for years. They check all of the above and more. They are a local roofing company, they belong to the Colorado Roofing Association, are an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, and participate in the Roofing Deployment Project, which helps servicemen and women in need. In addition, when they’re done, you can hardly tell they were there – they do a great job cleaning up.