Weather is unpredictable in every state and every month of the year, particularly in Maryland, where seasons all blend into each other and baffle meteorologists. Weather, crazy as it can be, can cause serious damage to your roof. Even without any of that, the cover of your home may suffer from other forms of damage, or simply from old age. If you’re considering replacing or having work done on your roof this spring, make sure that you know the questions to ask to find a reliable roofing contractor.
How Best to Identify a Reliable Roofing Contractor
If you’re lucky, then you’ve never had a questionable or unpleasant experience with someone who did work on your roof. Unfortunately, many people hire before they realize that the person doing the work isn’t exactly a reliable roofing contractor, and then they (likely) end up with shoddy craftsmanship or lose money. Take the time to look into the person or people that you’re hiring and consider the following before you finalize any deals.
Doing a quick Google search is a good way to begin. Looking at the results, including the company or individual’s website, can tell you whether or not he or she is registered with such organizations as the BBB, Angie’s List, Home Advisor, etc. This, at least, will let you know that they’ve been approved of by a reputable group. At the very least, seek out reviews on other sites of happy (or unhappy) customers so that you know what to expect.
“If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Too often, people allow themselves to be swept away with the promise of a cheap deal or very quick work. This is usually a sign that something is off: if the work could be done at that price, then why are they the only ones offering it as such? A greatly reduced price than that of their competitors could be a sign of cheap materials or shabby construction. Since you likely want only the best for your home, pass over these shifty choices and opt instead for a reliable roofing contractor.
Does your contractor of choice have insurance? What about a licence? How many years have they worked in the industry? These are all details to consider that will make a big difference in what you get for your money. One of the first things you should establish before money changes hands is how you can get into contact with the person or company who is working for you, since the last thing you want is for them to vanish after the work is done and things start to fall apart. Make sure they can be reached if you have questions or problems at any time throughout the process.
Finally, make sure that you are a part of the plan as it is being created. “Insist that the contractor give you a detailed, written proposal complete with a description of the work to be performed, as well as start and completion dates and a payment schedule.” You don’t want to pay for a lengthy roofing project without any information about the process and especially if there is some question about the integrity of your hire. If you want to know for sure that you’ve hired a reliable roofing contractor before work gets started, get in touch with Cox Roofing today. Our experts can assess your needs and address possible concerns in no time at all.
Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.