How to find the best roofing contractor

Roofing contractor in Charlotte, NCDon’t trust the storm chasers

Given the kind of weather Charlotte and Concord, NC have been having, you may be in the market for a roofing contractor. Don’t wait for the contractor to come to you — you may not want the ones you get. There are many “storm chasers” who will show up at your door offering to inspect or repair your roof. Some of them will demand payment up front and then disappear, or do substandard work. None of these companies ever stay in business more than a year — usually much less — so be sure to choose a roofing contractor that’s been around for years.

Start by looking for a local company. If a nationwide firm repairs your roof in an unsatisfactory way, their reputation isn’t going to suffer much harm as a result. A local company, on the other hand, absolutely depends on repeat business and its good reputation within the community it operates in. Web sites such as manta.com can help you find local roofing contractors. You can also ask your friends and neighbors if they know of any roofing contractors they’d recommend.

Ratings for roofing contractors

When you have a list of ten or so local roofing contractors, you can start looking at their reputation online. First, go to their websites and see how many testimonials they have from previous happy customers.

Then, look for their ratings. Two groups who rate roofing contractors are the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. The Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit that collects reviews of businesses and handles consumer complaints, acting as an intermediary between businesses and consumers. They never endorse a specific business or product — they only rate them. Angie’s List does similar work. Owens Corning also assesses roofing contractors. Home builders associations and other professional groups also have standards of their own.

The BBB also has advice on judging the honesty of contractors who work for you. They recommend going to home shows, getting six or seven bids on any project, asking about work, materials, cost and terms of payment, making sure your contractor has the right licenses, permits and insurance, paying by check or credit card, and getting everything in writing. They also recommend never doing business with a contractor who tries to pressure you.

Charlotte’s best roofing contractor

Advanced Roofing and Exteriors are the best roofing contractor in Charlotte and Concord, NC, having won the Angie’s List Super Service Award twice. This family-owned company is also a member of the Home Builders Association of Charlotte and an Owens Corning preferred contractor. They will plan their work schedule to suit your needs, and provide all the roofing materials themselves. If you need a roofing contractor, call today for a free estimate.