The storms in Southwest Florida can be brutal—and if you suspect your roof has been damaged in one, you’ll want to contact a local roofing contractor ASAP. If you’ve already started poking around Google, you’ve likely found dozens of listings for Naples FL roofing contractors, and at this point, you may be wondering how to sort the good and the bad from the flat-out ugly.

Below are just a few of the ways you can vet potential contractors.

Ask for word-of-mouth referrals

Just because a company has a first-page Google ranking, that’s not to say they’re the best company for the job. The best place to start when searching for roof repair companies is to ask your friends, neighbors, and colleagues for recommendations. If someone you know has had a positive experience with a roofing contractor, there’s a good chance you’ll receive the same level of customer care. Lastly, make sure the companies they’re referring to are both licensed and insured. You should never, ever hire an unlicensed roofer.

Make sure that you can find them online

Reputable roofing contractors will have an expansive online presence. For example, in addition to a website, they should have one or more social media pages. You’ll also want to see if they have a Yelp page and whether they have listings on websites such as Angie’s List and Home Advisor. If you can’t find the company online, consider this to be a big red flag. When a company doesn’t have an online presence, there’s a very good chance they’re not licensed.

If you do find their information on the web, take some time to browse their online reviews. If a company has lots of positive reviews, that’s a very good sign. On the other hand, if their reviews are full of customer complaints, you’ll likely have a similarly negative experience if you hire them.

Ask them about their prior jobs

Lastly, you’ll want to hire a company that has a track record of completing jobs on homes like yours. If you have clay tile roofing, you’ll want to hire contractors that understand how to work with those materials. (If 99% of their work is on homes topped with metal roofing sheets, they may not be the best company for the job.)

Do you need help with roof repair in SWFL? We can help. For more information on our company, our rates, or to schedule a no-cost estimate, call Kleinberger Corporation now to get started.