A new roof is a significant investment in your home. You want a company who will install it properly, stand behind their work and one who uses quality products from the shingles to the nails. In fact, whether you’re looking for new windows, siding or roofing, you want a company who does all these things.
As you read various company websites, you’ll likely find many who claim they are the best roofing company, however, we all know anyone can claim anything they want on the internet. So, just how do you know whether a company is one you should call and get a quote from or if they’re just another here today, gone tomorrow contractor? Here are a few tips to help you choose the best contractor for a new roof or any other home improvement.
Make Sure They’re Bonded and Insured
Although North Carolina doesn’t require a roofing license, it’s in your best interest to make sure the company you’re considering is bonded and insured. You should never want someone climbing on your roof who doesn’t have full workman’s compensation and liability insurance. Both types of insurance protect you, the homeowner in the event of an accident. Bonding helps protect you if the contractor doesn’t finish the job or doesn’t do the job right. Don’t be afraid to ask to see their insurance certificate and even call their agent to verify if you have any hesitation at all.
Choose Experience Over Cheap Price
Rarely do two contractors ever price their goods and services the same. There are many reasons for this. One is experience. A new contractor will often discount their services so they can win jobs to gain experience. A roof is not something you want to gamble with. You want an experienced roofing contractor. The way any company becomes the best in their industry is through training and repetition. A few ways to check a company’s years of experience are through the Better Business Bureau (BBB) site where they’ll tell you when the company was founded and through reviews on sites like Google. These dates can’t be faked.
A Written Estimate, Quote and Eventually a Written Contract
Most of the time a company will verbally tell you a cost. If they refuse to follow up with a written quote, you should choose another company. This is especially true when it comes to a roof replacement. The quote should detail what services will be included, like:
- Removal and disposal of old roof
- Inspection of roofing deck & repairs
- Underlayment type/brand
- Shingle brand, style and color
- Venting, flashing and other work to be performed
Without these details, you may not get what you expect in both work and product.
Cooley Roofing has experience and we can prove it through countless positive reviews. We’ve been BBB accredited since 2012 but in business for 31 years and have maintained our A+ rating since 2012. We’re licensed and insured and will always provide a written quote and contract if you choose to move forward with our services. Are we the best roofing company? We like to think we are but invite you to call us at (336) 766-6488 or fill out our contact form and experience our expertise and services yourself. Our estimates for roof, siding and window replacement are always free.