Your house’s roof is one of the most critical parts of your home. It’s what keeps the rain out and the warmth in. Whether you’ve recently bought your home in Springfield or if you’re renovating your current one, you want to make sure that you’re hiring a skilled roofer.

It goes without saying that you’ll want to ensure that the roofer is licensed, insured, and has the necessary experience in residential repair and replacement. While you want to factor in the cost, it should never be your deciding factor. Sometimes the cheapest isn’t always the most experienced. After all, you don’t want to hire a roofer in Springfield that cuts corners and doesn’t do a good job.

Your best bet is to stick with local companies because they’re more likely to know the type of roof that best suits your area, plus they rely on word-of-mouth advertising. Living in Springfield, you’ll have a wide variety of choices, so put a list together and start looking at their project gallery. Click here for additional information about roofing services.

Use the checklist below to help you hire an experienced roofer:

1.  Contact Multiple Roofers For Estimates and References

Contact at least three roofing contractors located in Springfield for quotes. Get estimates in writing so you can make a price and service comparison. You’ll also want a detailed breakdown of all expenses, including materials. While price matters, you don’t want to base your decision on that alone, instead look at the amount of experience they have and their skills. Once the job is complete, you don’t want to hire another company to fix their mistakes.

Ask each contractor for references from recently completed projects. Sometimes people ask for references assuming the company wouldn’t provide anything negative, which isn’t always the case. In fact, it may surprise you what people have to say about their work ethic, how the job turned out if they’d hire the contractor again, and if they completed the job within the budget.

2.  Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Before getting estimates as the questions listed below, you’ll have enough information to make an informed decision.

  • Are you licensed and accredited to work in Springfield, and are you bonded? If the answer is no or can’t provide proof, you don’t want to work with them.
  • Do you carry insurance, and how much coverage do you have? If uninsured or underinsured, pass and move on to the next company.
  • What type of warranties do you have? You don’t want to deal with a company that doesn’t have at least a one year warranty for workmanship. They should also have a manufacturer’s warranty on the materials.
  • What is your estimate to complete my project, and can you ensure the job is completed within the timeframe provided? When it comes to the timeline, remember weather can cause delays. Rain, storms, and other bad weather make it unsafe for Springfield roofers to work.
  • Does your estimate include the cost of roof removal and cleanup?
  • How will you protect my home and landscaping from damage?
  • Do you follow safety practices to ensure your workers are protected on the job?
  • Will you be doing all the work yourself or hiring a subcontractor? If you use a subcontractor, can you provide their contact information?

3.  How Long Have They Been In Business?

Check their website and project gallery to see how many jobs they have completed, how many years they’ve been in business, and what types of roofing jobs they’ve done. Generally, in their “About Us” section, you can find their past work history and personal information about the owner. This information gives you an idea of who you are working with and how much experience they have.

Their project gallery gives you an idea of the types of homes they do, and you can search for a project similar to what you need. If you have a slanted roof with a dog house, you can look for similar roofs.

4.  Check The Better Business Bureau

People often overlook checking the BBB to see if there have been any complaints against the company. However, having a complaint filed against them doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker if handled and resolved quickly and appropriately. There are Other review sites such as Yelp, Google, Angie’s List, Home Advisor that you can also search. By searching these sites, you can look for patterns in the comments and reviews people leave.

If you see statements such as “hard-working,” “always on time,” or negative comments such as “arrives late frequently,” or “took longer than expected,” you can assume they are true.

5.  Look for Roofing Contractors with Credible Designations

Manufacturer designations are considered a badge of honor because of specific requirements that need to be met. When looking for a qualified roofer in Springfield, ask them if they’ve had any credible designations. GAF strictly enforces its top designation and only allows a certain percentage to have this honor.

6.  What Happens If You’re Not Satisfied With Their Work And Unplanned Repairs

No matter how great the company references are or how much research you do, there’s always a chance you might not be happy with their work, and if so, you need to know how the company handles it. If you have to spend hours on the phone trying to talk to someone who has a long, complicated process, you probably don’t want to deal with them.

When tearing off your roof, roofers may run into issues such as rotten boards or ones that are damaged by moisture that needs to be repaired before they can replace the roof. You need to ask the roofing contractor how they handle the unexpected repairs. That way, you’ll know what to expect if this happens.