A new roof is an infrequent purchase for most home owners. Because of that, the roofing contractor that you choose to do the job is extremely important. It can affect the lifespan of the roof and what type of extended care you will be able to obtain, among other things. When it comes to finding the right roofing contractor to work on your home, there are three major factors to consider.
Do Your Due Diligence
First, do your due diligence. What does that mean in terms of finding the right roofing contractor? In Georgia, a contractor license is not required to be a roofer. This means that anyone can be a roofer. When a big storm hits, the number of roofers in Georgia will double, and most of those will be out of business within a year. Make sure that your contractor has been in business for an extended period of time and has an established history of work. If an issue arises in the future, you will then have access to the company or person who did the work. You can also check to see if your roofer has a contractor license through the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, ensuring that they have taken the time to legally establish their business.
Vet Your Roofing Contractor
Second, vet your roofing contractor. There are several ways to go about doing this. As a potential customer you can check their references with previous customers by word of mouth. Apps, such as Nextdoor are great for doing this if you do not know any previous customers personally. Scan Google or Yelp for reviews and make sure to check if there was follow up to any negative reviews. Check to make sure that the contractor is registered with the Better Business Bureau and see what the filed complaints against them are. Make sure that the roofer has a presence on social media and an established website. For example, Georgia Roof Advisors has an active social media presence and a user-friendly website that displays the company’s awards and certifications.
Check With the Manufacturer
Third, and finally, check with the manufacturers. Major shingle manufacturers, such as Certainteed and GAF, will have a list of roofing contractors who use their product. If a roofing contractor is endorsed and supported by a shingle manufacturer, then the manufacturer has thoroughly vetted the roofer on their end. Georgia Roof Advisors are certified GAF Master Elite contractors. This means that Georgia Roof Advisors is engaging in continuing education with GAF and is authorized to solve warranty issues. You can also utilize the manufacturer to help you find the right roofing contractor in your area if you aren’t sure where to start your search.
We hope that these tips help you find the right roofing contractor and make both your search and customer experience simple and stress-free. As always, to schedule a FREE inspection call (678)757-3477 or visit our website.