We all know that the word “roofer” can strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned home improvement warrior. With horror stories from friends, family and neighbors about botched roofing jobs running rampant, how can you be sure of finding a reliable roofing company for your next project? It’s not enough to go with the cheapest option or hire someone sight unseen. You need a way to identify a contractor that won’t leave you stranded if something goes wrong on the job. We have good news: there are some time-tested techniques that have been used by homeowners over decades to make sure they get solid work done at an affordable price. Keep reading as we reveal six tips for selecting a reliable roofer for your next project!
Most people have hired a roofer at some point in their lives (or know someone who has). Ask neighbors, friends and family members in the area about their experiences with local roofers. Don’t just take their word for it; investigate further if you can by checking out online reviews or asking specific questions about the quality of the job. This way, you’ll get firsthand accounts of what other people experienced, and can make an informed decision from there.
It’s important to make sure that your chosen roofer is licensed and insured in the state of Minnesota. This will help protect both parties in case something goes wrong during the process. The state’s Department of Labor & Industry website has details on what qualifications a roofing contractor needs to meet before being able to work legally in Minnesota.
Prices vary significantly between different providers. It’s important to research the average rate for similar jobs within your area so that you don’t overpay for services. Also keep an eye out for any hidden fees that may be added later down the line (like additional costs associated with materials or tear-off).
Make sure you take into account how long a prospective contractor has been working in the area, as this will give you an indication of their skill level and understanding of local weather conditions and building codes. More often than not, choosing an experienced contractor means a better job done more efficiently and safely compared to someone who might be new to the industry.
Before signing off on any contract make sure you ask questions about their installation process (e.g., types of materials used), warranties offered (e..g., manufacturer warranty vs contractor warranty) and payment schedule (including deposits). All legitimate businesses should provide detailed answers as well as proof of insurance upon request. If they are unable or unwilling to do so then it’s best to look elsewhere!
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what to look for in a roofing contractor, it’s time to start your search. Remember to ask your neighbors, check credentials, research prices, ask questions, get recommendations, and consider experience when making your decision. With these tips in mind, you can be sure to find a reliable roofer who will get the job done right. And remember – when it comes to your home, don’t cut corners!
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At Shelter, we perform free inspections and consultations. We will perform minor repairs during the inspection to small damage that we find. Give us a call at 612-284-6985 or schedule an inspection today on our website!