When you need work done on your home, you want to ensure you hire the best contractor for the job. Few homeowners require the services of a roofing contractor more than once or twice while living in their home. Because of this, navigating the process of finding the right fit can be unfamiliar territory.

Taking care of your roof is essential and often urgent. Ultimately, the roof is an integral component of resilience for your home. To clarify, once your roof gains damage or blows off – the whole house won’t be inhabitable. Moreover, your roof protects your home or business from from moisture damage, temperature fluctuations, and even pests. This is why homeowners should hire trust experienced and knowledgeable roofing contractors.

Searching for a roofing contractor in the Twin Cities metro area? If so, you know that an online search will product a long list of results. However, not all roofers offer the same level of service or quality of work. For this reason, it is important to take the time to research potential contractors. Here are our tips for finding the right roofing expert:

Ask around.

Talk to your neighbors, friends and family to see who they recommend. Your Homeowner Association (HOA) can also be a helpful resource. You’ll want to check roofing contractor requirements and directories for your state as well as find and read reviews online.

Interview contractors.

Do your research on products and techniques and interview multiple roofing contractors. Research services, fees and warranties that you may need. Roofing services vary from contractor to company so check what services are offered. For example, common roofing services include:

  • Roof inspections that check for leaks & damage
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Installation or replacement
  • Weatherproofing
  • Insulating
  • Ventilating
  • Ice dam removal
  • Roof cleaning (pressure washing away mildew, moss and buildup)
  • Sealing, treating or painting
  • Debris removal

Narrow down top choices.

Narrow down your list of contractors. Next, call 2-3 of your top choices to schedule consultations. During this step, check online for reviews and qualifications, compare bids and ask more questions. Want to know what questions to ask? Learn more here.

Vet your final choice.

If you found a contractor that best fits your needs, then it is time to verify that everything checks out:

  • Training & certifications
  • Worker’s compensation & general liability insurance
  • Tax ID number, business address, website, phone number
  • Any appropriate licensing

Get it in writing.

Documentation is key, so above all, get a written contract to ensure you are protected as the homeowner. If a roofer won’t provide you with a formal contract, then it’s time to find someone else. At this stage, be sure that the formal contract clearly outlines the following:

  • Payment schedules
  • Roofing materials & products used (brand, type, and color)
  • Any subcontractors used
  • Start and end date
  • All details about the inspection & repair/replacement project
  • Landscape protection and debris cleanup

Grand Exteriors provides expert roofing, gutters, and siding solutions for residential and commercial buildings in the Twin Cities Metro area. Schedule a free inspection today, online or by phone at 763-432-0826.