When you are considering hiring a roofing contractor for your roofing project, it is important to obtain an estimate. Usually people elect to contact several roofing professionals and then compare estimates. They may feel that it is best to obtain several estimates while they are at work and then compare the estimates at a later time. This method sounds practical, but could lead to problems and frustrations later.
The best start is the interviewing process. It’s important to actually interview the roofers face to face. Sit down with them. Ask to see their letters of reference, proof of insurance (liability and worker’s compensation) photography of previous work performed. Ask each candidate what sort of game plan they have to ensure a professional, high quality, and no hassle roof installation or repair. Many people feel more comfortable when they hire roofing contractors that they have spoken with in person. Part of the reason why you should obtain an estimate is to choose a roofer that you feel is trustworthy as well as knowledgeable. When you receive an estimate, you should be there so that you can meet the roofer and ask them any questions that you may have directly.
The more professional roofing companies will have an organized presentation that lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours depending on the client’s questions and comments or concerns.
I always tell my estimators there is no way that a client who does not know Ross Roofing’s rich history of roofing success would ever feel comfortable choosing Ross Roofing as their contractor without a detailed breakdown, explanation, and instruction as to what and how we plan to succeed with the client’s roofing needs. If that takes 15 minutes, fine… but sometimes it just takes longer than that.
Though it may seem like you will save time by gathering several estimates while you are not at home, you may end up regretting it. If you choose a roofing contractor based upon an estimate that you received or that the roofer gave you over the phone, and later have issues with the roofing contractor, you may discover that you could have avoided any problems or misunderstandings by speaking with them in person.
A good roofing contractor will have a series of questions they will ask you to best determine what you need. It is a good idea to be available for these. Some of the questions involve discerning the safest approach for the building occupants as well as the roofing professionals. These types of questions need to be addressed on site where access and clear dialogue can happen.
The roofing estimator must look at your roof first hand to make the estimate legitimate. They might also need to look into the attic; therefore you should be home to give them access to this area.
Besides all of these reasons, it’s a good idea to meet with the roofing contractor to get a feel for their style of business, aptitude for professionalism. Do they want to just drop off a number with a 5 minute song and dance? or will they take the time to sit down with you to answer all of your roofing questions? Is there an organized presentation available? Or is it merely a price driven shpeel? How does each roofing contractor propose to add value to their roofing bid? Spend some time with your roofing candidates.