Hiring a roofing contractor can feel overwhelming- especially if this isn’t something you’ve needed to do in the past. If you suspect you need to have work done on your SWFL home, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind.

Not all companies are alike

Each roofing contractor is a little bit different than the next. For example, whereas some only hire subcontractors to do work on customers’ homes, others only send their own people.  Some roofers specialize in tile roofing systems, whereas others may have more expertise in rubber, flat, or asphalt shingle roofing systems. As you start the process of hiring a roofer, take your time, do your research, and make sure you’re hiring the best company for the job.

Experienced roofers are often a safe bet

Most homeowners prefer to hire a company that’s established and has a proven track record. Is that to say that you shouldn’t hire a newer company? Not necessarily. For example, if John Smith roofer has 15 years industry experience and he’s finally decided to start his own company, working with him would be worlds different than hiring James Smith roofer who decided to start a roofing company after doing 2 months of roofing work when he was on break from college.

Don’t be afraid to ask potential contractors about their experience and how many years they’ve been working in the industry.  You may also want to ask them if they can provide client references. You should also ask them how long they’ve been serving the area in which you live.

Don’t trust people who are going door to door

Would you hire a chiropractor who is going door to door in your neighborhood in an attempt to drum up business? We’re guessing the answer is no.  Suffice to say, you should never, ever trust any sort of contractor that’s trying to solicit business by canvassing a particular street. Reputable, experienced contractors don’t need to chase after new business. Their reputation and experience should bring customers to them.

In closing

If you start your search for a roofer on the Internet, you’re bound to get page upon page of search results.  Like we said, sorting the good and the bad from the downright terrible can feel a bit overwhelming.  Take some time, do your research, and vet potential candidates. This can help ensure you hire the best roofer for your individual needs.