Roofing contractors and how to find a good one

Roofing contractor in Charlotte, NCWhat you want in a roofing contractor

When you need roofing work done in Concord, NC, you need a roofing contractor who will show up on time, stay within budget, arrange their work schedule to suit your needs, provide the roofing materials themselves, and finish the job without leaving bits of roofing materials on your lawn or damaging your garden. It’s also a plus if they offer free estimates.

Some roofing materials carry their own challenges. Slate, for example, is a roofing material that lasts for centuries, but from a roofing contractor’s perspective it has one major disadvantage — you can’t walk on it. The slate shingles are long-lasting, but too brittle to support the weight of a human body for any length of time. If your roof is metal, or something else besides asphalt shingles, be sure to ask any roofing contractor you talk to if they know how to work on this material.

Where to look for one

The advantage of a small, local roofing contractor in Charlotte is that it depends for its survival on positive word of mouth within the community in which it operates, and does its work accordingly. The disadvantage is that some of these contractors are “storm chasers” — subpar contractors or outright frauds who will do poor work, or will try to pressure you into paying upfront and then disappear.

In order to avoid these people, you should ask your friends and neighbors for the names of roofing contractors they’ve worked with, and which ones in particular they would recommend. You should also look up a company and see how long it’s been in business — a year is good, ten years is better.

Once you’ve done all that, there are groups that rate roofing contractors. Two of these are the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List. Owens Corning also does assessments of roofing contractors. Home builders associations and other professional groups have standards of their own.

The BBB also has a set of recommendations for dealing with contractors. They suggest you go to home shows, get multiple bids on any project (but don’t take the lowest bid), ask about work, materials, cost and terms of payment, ask contractors for a list of previous customers, pay by check or credit card, check for licenses, permits and insurance, and get everything in writing. They also recommend you stay away from a contractor who tries to pressure you.

Charlotte’s best roofing contractors

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. If you need a roofing contractor, call today for a free estimate.