We hear people ask all the time, “How can I find the best roofing contractor near me?” If you’re in the Snohomish, Everett, and Bellevue areas, then follow these tips and you won’t go wrong.
1. Talk to at least three different roofing contractors.
Contact a few different companies, ask them questions, and get to know how they do business. You’ll want to find out things like how they inspect a roof, the materials they recommend, and a rough estimate of how long they feel it might take to do the job. After these conversations, you’ll usually get a feeling about which company you can trust.
2. Hire a local roofer.
Often people are approached by roofing contractors who aren’t local, sometimes even from outside Washington. Why would you hire someone who doesn’t know the area and local codes and ordinances? Why hire someone who doesn’t live and work in the Puget Sound area and know exactly what it takes to handle our Pacific Northwest weather? Stick with local companies, and you’ll be much more satisfied.
3. Don’t automatically go for the lowest bidder.
Obviously, we all want to save money. But accepting a lowball bid just to save a few dollars may end up costing you big in the future. Often the lowest bid is achieved with substandard materials or service. Either that, or they’ll come out with hidden fees and extra charges that will make for an ugly surprise. Examine exactly what the company is offering and ask lots of questions. A good roofer won’t be afraid to be transparent about exactly what their fees will be.
4. “License and proof of insurance, please.”
A reputable roofing contractor is properly licensed for the local area and possesses the necessary insurance for the job. The insurance should not only cover their team, but the customer as well in case of an accident. Ask them to show you their paperwork. You can check with people like the Better Business Bureau and seek out information about past performance. You want a roofer with a local track record, not a fly-by-night company trying to make a fast buck.
5. Talk up front about payment terms.
Reputable companies are open and honest about payment policies. Be wary of contractors who ask for half or all the money before the job is finished. They may move slowly after being paid, and a few may be outright hustlers who will take the money and run. It’s your money – be careful with it.
6. Ask about estimates and deadlines.
A great roofing contractor will give you detailed, accurate estimates of both the materials and cost, as well as when the job will begin and be completed. Make sure to ask about who is going to clean up after the job, and if that cost is included in the estimate.
7. Make sure they use quality materials.
Trusted companies use high-quality roofing materials. Ask the contractor what materials they work with and what company certifications or partnerships they may have. Ask for their warranties and guarantees, as well as estimate of the durability of their materials and workmanship. You want a strong, leak-proof roof. Don’t be afraid to ask what is going on top of your home.
If you look around, ask some questions, and do a little homework, you can find a great roofing contractor near you. Four Seasons Roofing serves Snohomish, Everett, Bellevue, and the greater Puget Sound area. Contact us today to start getting to know us.