If you need to hire a roof installer, you should do everything you can to make sure you hire the best. You can ask your neighbors, and your friends and family who live in the area, who they would recommend and if there is anyone you should avoid.
When you have the name of a roof installer, check the web site of the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors (www.nclbgc.org) to make sure the contractor has a license to work in the state. Having a license isn’t a guarantee of quality, but not having one is an automatic disqualifier. If you check the warranty on your roof, there’s a good chance it’ll say that having repairs done by anyone but a licensed contractor will void the warranty. If letting an unlicensed contractor repair your roof is a bad idea, letting them install it in the first place would be that much worse.
Check the web sites of the installers themselves. They should have testimonials from satisfied customers. Look for an installer that has many of these. You can find more reviews, both positive and negative, on Angie’s List, Google Places, Yahoo Local, Manta, Merchant Circle and YellowPages.com. A negative review isn’t necessarily an automatic disqualifier — first check to see what, if anything, the installer wrote in response. You should also check the ratings of installers on the Better Business Bureau’s Web site. A good company will have a rating in the A range.
Questions to ask installers
Ask prospective installers for references from customers who’ve had roofs similar to yours that have been installed in the last few years. Try to get six or seven competitive bids (and cross out any that ask for a bidding fee) but don’t automatically choose the cheapest one. If in doubt, pick one in the middle. Also, be sure to ask about the timetable for the project as well as the cost.
You will also want to ask if this particular job will require a permit, and if any of the work will be subcontracted. This last point is important because the whole point of all this is to be sure you have a qualified company working on your roof, and if some of the work is subcontracted you now have to know about the other contractor’s credentials too.
Finding the #1 roof installer in Charlotte or Concord, NC
Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the best roof installer in Charlotte and Concord, NC. They’ve won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also an Owens Corning preferred contractor and a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte. They’l give you a free estimate, plan their schedule to fit your own, and provide the materials themselves. Whether you need a new roof or need to repair an old one, call today.