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Tips for Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

roofers on a roof, shingles

Repairing or replacing a roof is not a DIY project. The job requires expertise that best comes from a roofing professional. Any online search can bring up many options, but all contractors are not equal. Your roof is one of the most vital parts of your home and shouldn’t be trusted to just anyone.

Talking to neighbors or your HOA about local roofers is a great way to start. You should call three roofers for estimates and consultation to find the right fit for you.

At GreenLight Roofing, we have served the residential and commercial roofing needs in the Houston area for two decades. We take great pride in the exceptional customer service and know-how we bring to every roofing project. If you need a roof repair or replacement, make sure you hire a contractor with the same commitment to excellence.

Qualities to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

Picking a roofer who knows the difference between flashing and fascia is just the beginning. Experience is a great indicator of whether they can do the job, but there are many other considerations.

Reputable roofing contractors are:

  • Licensed
  • Insured
  • Bonded

They are also willing to provide a detailed estimate before starting any work and offer references that you can contact.

Ask the Roofer Questions

In addition to current licensing and insurance, you want to hire a roofer with integrity. You want to know the person will show up when they say they will, is committed to completing the project on time, and delivers high-quality results.

Good questions to ask the roofer include the following:

  • What certifications do you have?
  • Do you offer free on-site inspections/evaluations?
  • Do you provide a detailed written estimate?
  • What guarantee is offered on your work and materials?
  • Does a manufacturer’s warranty cover your work?
  • What types of roofing do you install?
  • Do you work alone or with others?
  • How will you keep my project on schedule?
  • How long will my project take?
  • Do you clean up and remove any debris?
  • Do you work with homeowner’s insurance to file claims?
  • Is your roofing license current and valid in my area?
  • What kind of insurance coverage do you have and what does it cover?
  • Do you accept credit cards or offer financing?

Their answers to these questions should instill within you a sense of confidence in their abilities and professionalism.

Understand the Services Offered by the Roofing Company

The types of roofing services provided will vary. Building a relationship with a company is often beneficial. You never know what might happen in the future. You might need a roof repair or a full roof replacement. Some roofing companies also offer complementary services like exterior painting, gutter installation and repair, and fence repair and installation.

Steps to Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Make sure to get everything in writing, from estimates to project timelines. The estimate should include the cost of materials vs. labor and establish the payment schedule. Also, have in writing what happens if there is an unexpected change in scope or cost.

  • Compare bids
  • Call references
  • Check reviews
  • Verify qualifications

The lowest price isn’t always the best choice. You want to be comfortable with the roofer’s working style, experience, reviews, and availability. Cheaper is definitely not better if the roofer leaves a mess in your yard, doesn’t show up, or does substandard work.

Houston-Area Roofing Professionals You Can Trust

Businesses and homeowners know they can count on the roofing professionals at GreenLight Roofing. Top-quality products, stellar customer service, customized options, and free estimates are part of every job we take. Our customers can have peace of mind in a job done right.

If you have roofing, exterior painting, gutter, or fencing needs, in the Houston area, we are ready to help. Reach us online or call (281) 949-7759.