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Selecting a roofing contractor for a homeowner can be a daunting task.  What questions do you ask?  How can you be sure you are making the right decision?  How do you protect yourself and make sure you are getting what you are paying for and what was promised? 

These are all good questions and they deserve good answers.  In this article, we will provide you the answers to these questions and give you a checklist that you can use to evaluate roofing contractors.  It's free to sign-up.  Let's get started, shall we?

The decision to replace your roof is usually an easy one.  More than likely, your roof has been in need of replacing for a while.  You may have had it patched (maybe a couple of times) to the point where it becomes necessary to "bite the bullet" and start the process of finding a roofing contractor.  Once you are to that point, where do you begin?  Who do you call?

If you are like most, you will look to your neighbors that have had their roof replaced.  That is a good place to start.  Most neighbors will be glad to tell you about their experiences in replacing their roof.  Ask questions about how the process went and if they would have done anything differently.  Your co-workers are another good starting point.  Ask people you that are members of any social clubs you belong to and your place of worship.  Check with the local roofing supply companies.  They know who's good and pays their bills on time.  They won't give you a reference that would reflect badly back on them.  Check with the local Chamber of Commerce. You still need to perform you own due diligence, but at least you have a couple of names from people you trust.  If you had a roofing company do the patchwork, contact them.  They have been on your roof and, more than likely, have told you that your roof is in need of replacement.

Evaluation Process 

The following are tips and important questions that can help you select a professional roofing company:

  • How long as the company been in business? An established company will most likely be around should warranty work be required.
  • Where are they located? Are they easily contacted?  Selecting a local company is a good idea for the reason listed above and if you cannot get a hold of them easily during the bidding phase, you may have more difficulty in reaching them when you need warranty work.
  • Does the company offer a written estimate and contract?  Always insist that estimates be in writing, detailing what is included, and just as important, what is not included.  Ask to see an example of the contract.  Some contractors combine the written estimate and contract into one.  Caution:  An estimate is just that.  Make certain you understand what happens if something was missed or unforseen.  This usually means additional costs are involved.  Sometimes these additional costs are unavoidable and sometimes they should have been uncovered during the estimating process.  
  • Is the company registered as a roofing contractor with the State?  Oklahoma roofing contractors are required to be registered with the State.  To check to see if the company you are dealing with is registered with the State of Oklahoma, click here.  If you cannot find them listed, there is a number you can call to verify their status.  To obtain the registration, contractors must submit qualifications, show evidence of of liability insurance of not less than $500,000.00, show evidence of workers' compensation insurance coverage, or exemption status, and meet other criteria as specified in the  Roofing Contractors Registration Act (RCRA).
  • Does the roofing company have references of past customers?  This should not be a problem for reputable companies. 
  • Do they have a website where you can learn more about them? A professional company should have a website.
  • Are they a member of the local Chamber of Commerce or other organizations?  Look for companies that take an active part in the community.
  • What type of warranties do they provide?  Ask for a copy so you can review it.

    Never decide on price alone.  Yes it is always a factor, but it should only be a part of the overall decision process.  With so many "Chuck's with a truck" type contractors out there, you must do your due diligence.  Having work done on your home can not be taken lightly. Be smart and take the time necessary to make a sound decision.  The ramifications of a uninformed decision can last 10-15 years and as much as 20-30 years.  Start the process early enough so you don't have to make a quick decision.  President John F. Kennedy said it best:  "The time to replace the roof is when the sun is shining."

    If you would like the entire check list, just fill out the form below.  We will get it right over to you.  We will never sell, trade or give out your information.

    Robert Denton is the owner of Denton Construction Services, LLC.  He also serves on the Board of The Colbert Area Chamber of Commerce as Vice-President.  He can be contacted at robert@dentoncs.com.

    Please send me a free copy of "How To Select A Roofing Contractor" checklist.