7 Tips on Choosing the Best Roofing Contractor

Is your roof in need of fixing or replacing? You need the right people on the job.

Your roof is the first line of defense against everything from windstorms to falling trees, so you need it to be sturdy and strong. With a weakened roof, you’re not only left susceptible to these things and more, but you’re also going to be in for costly repairs the longer you go without maintenance.

Don’t trust just anyone with your roof. You need to find the best roofing contractor you can to ensure that your roof is going to be in great shape for years to come. Read on and you’ll have a better understanding of what your options are and who the best contractor is for the job.

1. Try to Understand Your Roof

Before you learn how to find and hire the best roofing contractor, you should try to understand your roof a little better. This will help you communicate with prospective roofing companies and figure out which one is going to be best for the job. It’s mostly about understanding what you need from the roofer.

Is your roof exceptionally old? Are you noticing shingles coming off or greenery in between the shingles? What about rust on the flashing around your chimney?

When you can identify some of the problems with your roof, you can give the roofing contractor a better sense of what type of repairs or replacement they need to do. A good roofing contractor will come over and do an inspection, then be able to tell you exactly what’s going on with your roof.

2. Look At Ratings, Reviews, Recommendations…

There are a few different ways you can go about finding the best roofing contractors in your area. If you know someone who has had their roof replaced or repaired recently, and they’re happy with the job, then that’s an easy way to get a trustworthy contractor. 

Failing that, you can start to search online. Simply Google roofing companies in your area and you’ll get a list of results to peruse. To separate the wheat from the chaff, you can look at Google ratings and reviews, which are always a good indicator of how good (or bad) a roofing company will be. There’s no one better to ask about a company than former customers.

3. Certifications and Insurance 

Once you’ve selected a few of the best roofing contractor candidates, you can start contacting them to talk about your roof repair or replacement. Two of the most crucial things you need to ask about, just to ensure you’re working with a legitimate company, are certifications and insurance.

Roofing can be a dangerous job and one that needs a level of expertise to do properly. For that reason, it’s important that the roofing contractor that you choose has the proper certifications. At Massey Construction Group, we require all of our roofers to take certification courses in order to improve their knowledge of products and techniques; these certifications include the Haag certification, the TRI Installation Manual certification, and enrollment in Polyshool.

As far as insurance goes, it’s important that all of the employees working on your roof are properly insured against injury. Ask for proof of insurance before you hire a roofing contractor.

4. Look At the Portfolio

To find out if a particular roofing contractor is up to your standards, take a look at their portfolio of past work. Most top-end companies will have a gallery or portfolio section on their website where you can look at some of the roofing projects they’re most proud of.

These things indicate how varied their experience is with different roofing styles and materials. It’s always good to have a roofer that can do different types of roofs on different styles of houses. After all, there are dozens of roofing materials, all with their own set of perks and challenges, so a knowledgeable roofing contractor can help you figure out the best steps forward.

5. Talking Money

You shouldn’t ever choose a roofing company based on price alone. Of course, you need to work within your budget, but having a good understanding of how much roof construction and materials costs can help guide your decision on the matter.

Prices that seem too good to be true usually come with either hidden fees or end up in a job poorly done. In Southern Florida, we have a lot of “storm chasers” that come around to prey on desperate people after storm damage has occurred. 

Quality roofing contractors will never give you a price without seeing your roof first. We offer free inspections to look at the storm damage, only then will we give you a quote for your roof repair.

6. Importance of Experience

Don’t be afraid to ask different roofing contractors about their experience in the roofing business. More experience doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll do a better job, but years of experience in combination with good ratings and reviews is usually a good indication that you’ve found a company worth hiring.

Mark B. Massey of central Florida-based Massey Construction Group has been in the construction/roofing industry since 1999. As a multi-disciplined contractor and consulting firm, Massey CG is licensed in roofing, site work, and underground utility, in addition to general contracting. This sort of multi-layered experience is rare for roofing contractors, which is why Massey CG is the best roofing company in Southwest Florida.

7. Going Local

A roofer that understands the unique challenges of your particular part of the world goes a long way to ensuring that your roof is durable for a long time. In central and southern Florida, storms are the biggest problem posed to our homes, with the roofs being most vulnerable to wind, flying branches, and rain. A local roofing contractor will understand this and make decisions based on these challenges.

Choose the Best Roofing Contractor In Southern Florida

If you’re looking for the best roofing contractor for your roof repair or replacement, then look no further than Massey Roofing and Construction. Our combination of highly trained and experienced roofers, varied experience in the construction industry, and local connections make us the best choice for your roofing needs. 

Call us for a free quote, we’d love to show you why we are the best roofing company in SWFL! : 844.784.7663.

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