If you’ve done an online search you realize that there are many companies claiming to be local roofers. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to put up a website after a storm and buy a disposable cell phone and start marketing yourself as a local roofing company. There are things you can do to protect yourself and determine if the one you are considering hiring really is local, and even more importantly, reputable.
The internet makes it easy to find out a lot about a business. In addition to reading their website, you should go to some other sources to find out what others think about the business. Some great options include the BBB, Google My Business, and Facebook. All of these sources should have listings and likely have reviews from local homeowners. If you can’t find a page for any of these, you may not be dealing with an established local roofing company. Keep in mind you can’t please all the people all the time so take in the totality of the reviews.
Ask Your Neighbors
Your friends and neighbors have probably had some work done on their roofs. These referrals are often some of the best ways to check out a roofer. Also ask how long they have been using that company. Longer relationships speaks to not only the longevity in the community of the company but also of the quality of their work.
Meet in Person
Most roofing companies want to meet you to sell you face to face on their services so beware if they say they’ll come to your home and provide you with an estimate while you’re not home. A good roof inspection includes both internal and external inspection of your roof. It will also give you the opportunity to ask to see their liability insurance certificate. If they can’t provide you with their insurance information for you to verify that they have suitable coverage, don’t hire them. Also ask for names and addresses of homes they’ve provided service to in the recent past.
There’s more to hiring a local roofing company than making a phone call and getting an estimate. You want to make sure that the company you are hiring has the proper licensing, certifications, and insurance to do the job right the first time. You also want to make sure that they will be around to honor any warranties or guarantees they offer. If you’re looking for a local roofing company in the Winston-Salem area, call Cooley Roofing. We have been serving homes and businesses locally for years and have a great reputation with your friends, neighbors, and the BBB. Call us at 336-766-6488 to schedule your free inspection today.