If we’ve said it once we’ve said it a thousand times: your roofing system is among the most important (if not the most important) parts of your home.  Suffice to say, if it needs to be inspected, repaired, or replaced, you’ll want to make sure you’re hiring an experienced, reputable company to do the job.

If you start your search for a roofer on a web browser, you’ll find you have dozens of companies to choose from. Below are just a few of the tips that can help you sort the good and the bad from the ugly.

Ask for their credentials

You should never, ever work with an unlicensed / uninsured roofer.  Would you hire a dentist that didn’t have a dental license?  Or, if you needed to see a specialist at a hospital, would you make an appointment with a doctor that didn’t have a medical license? We’re guessing the answer is “no.”

If a contractor isn’t licensed, they won’t be able to get approved for liability insurance. If someone who doesn’t carry liability insurance is hired to do work on your property (and they wind up injured while they’re doing the job), you could find yourself legally liable to cover their medical expenses.

Always, always make sure the roofer you’re considering is licensed and insured.

Check their online reviews

Online reviews can give you a great sense as to the level of customer care and customer service that a company has provided to past clients. For example, do they return calls and emails in a timely fashion? Were their workers professional, and did they clean up any leftover materials once the job was over? Did they complete the job on time and on budget? All of these are important points to consider.

Yelp, Google+, and Angie’s List are all great places to learn more about a company you’re considering.

Make sure they have an online presence

If you’re talking to a roofer that doesn’t have a website or social media pages, buyer beware. Everyone has a website these days, and if you can’t find this company anywhere on the Internet, there’s a good chance they’re unlicensed, uninsured, or that they’re just out to scam you out of your money.

For more information about how to hire a reputable, licensed roofing contractor, call our office today to speak with a local expert.