Hiring a Roofing Contractor in Oak Ridge, TN
If you haven't hired a roofing company before, take a moment to review a few helpful hints.
Do roofers charge for estimates?
Most companies will provide a free written estimate on your roof. A few roofers charge a small service call fee for roof repair estimates (while roof replacement estimates remain free). The small fee for roof repair estimates charged by some roofers can often be applied to the cost of the repair if you hire that particular roofer to complete the repair.
Four easy steps to selecting a quality roofing contractor
- Contact the contractor and request an estimate.
- Interview the roofing company representative. If they don't provide it up front, ask for evidence of license and insurance certificates. Also, do they guarantee their workmanship? Is the estimate and the guarantee in writing? If you're getting a complete roof replacement, ask the contractor if they will provide a couple recent homeowner or business owner references from other re-roofing projects. If you want a more specialized material like metal, does the roofer have specific experience working as a metal roofing contractor, or is their experience solely in shingles?
- If there are no roofing reviews for a particular contractor, call or email the roofer's references to determine how satisfied previous customers were.
- Select the contractor that you trust and offers you the best overall value. Value includes quality and price. Don't automatically choose the roofer with the lowest price. There are a lot of "fly-by-night" roofers out there that may provide a low bid and then proceed to provide you poor service and a poorly done roof. Select the contractor that is trustworthy, offers professional credentials, and a fair price.