One of the largest sources of potential confusion often comes from the terminology used to describe the individual you’re seeking to hire: roofing professional, roof contractor, and roofing business. These can be a much better choice to select for your project than a standard general contractor would typically be, but depending upon the individual you’re talking to, there can be some subtle differences in how they’re describing their services that you should be examining. Let’s start with the term “roofing professional”. This term is typically used when describing a roofing specialist. A general contractor would most likely describe his or her services as being a roofing contractor.
The reason this is a good choice for the individual you’re speaking with is simple: when someone calls a roofing company instead of roofing professional, the individual typically is not specifically asking for a roofer. The term “roofing contractor” describes an occupation rather than a specific skill set. In other words, it’s very generic and more often than not, a person will describe their expertise when speaking to a roofer rather than a roofing contractor. The same is true of calling a residential roofer rather than calling a commercial roofing company, which is just a bit more generic.
A better term to use when talking to a roofing company or professional would be “inspector”. If you’re specifically interviewing prospective roofers for your project, an inspector would be a great fit. He or she is responsible for performing thorough and in-depth inspections in order to ensure the individuals they’re contracting with are providing you with high quality workmanship.
These inspections take place before work begins and continue throughout the life span of the project, as the inspector continually monitors the work and the progress of the installation to ensure everything is up to code. If a licensed inspector isn’t on the job, an insured, bonded contractor can fill in the role of being a backstop for you.
This brings us to the next point in evaluating contractors: who are they hiring? Are they only hiring licensed, bonded professionals? It’s vital that anyone handling any part of a major project like installing a roof for you is fully insured and has a good, clear history of quality workmanship. To ensure the best roofing company is located and qualified to meet your needs, ask to see references from previous jobs they’ve completed.
The roofing company should also have a website that contains a list of their past work. A quick Google search should reveal this. A quality roofing business will post the history and license information for their workers. Additionally, the site should offer plenty of testimonials from clients, both satisfied and unsatisfied, and photos of completed jobs. When interviewing the prospective roofers, be sure to ask how long they’ve owned their own business and whether or not they belong to a union or other group. Often the newest roofers don’t belong to these groups and this can be a red flag that something is amiss.
With a clear understanding of all of these issues, you’ll be able to make the best decision for your home’s roof. Don’t settle for less than the best-you can’t afford to! Take the time to do some research and ask for free estimates.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options and have received your free estimates, contact the Boulder Roofing Company with the lowest price. They should have a price range that fits your budget perfectly and you can determine whether or not they’re the right fit for your project.