How to hire the best Los Angeles roofing contractor
If you’re preparing to repair or replace your roof, the first step is to hire a reliable Los Angeles roofing contractor. A professional can help you decide the best materials for your home, and will be able to install your roof safely and efficiently.
The National Roofing Contractors Association has nine tips to help you find a qualified roofing contractor:
1. Get three estimates. In addition to ensuring you get the best price, you should verify the credibility of the contracts. Most specialists will give you a price within a certain range. If someone is wildly above or below the price of the other, you should be skeptical.
2. Make sure the contractor has a permanent address and phone number. Sometimes homeowners are approached by people who claim they can repair roofs, but then disappear as soon as they receive a down payment. Be sure that your contractor has roots in your community.
3. Check references. Checking references will help you gauge others’ experiences with roofing professionals. It helps give you an idea of who will be coming into your home and be working on your house. If no one you know has experience with local roofers, check Angie’s List.
Angie’s List has ratings for more than 2,400 roofing contractors in the Los Angeles area, but not all have been highly rated by our members. Join or sign in to see which companies have been positively identified. Members also have access to reports written by other members that detail recent service experiences.
4. Check the contractor’s licensing, insurance bonding and certifications. Ask to see proof of up-to-date insurance. Check out the website of the organization from which your contractor was certified to see exactly what the accreditation entails.
5. Ask for a written estimate. Determine the scope of the project upfront, including when it will start and how long it is likely to take. If you are remodeling, be aware there may be legitimate reasons why the work may take longer and cost more. Sometimes it may be difficult to assess the condition of the roof until the work begins.
6. Get a handle on who will supervise. There should be one go-to person for you to consult if you have questions or concerns.
7. Ask who will perform the work. Many prefer a company that has its own employees rather than subcontracting to another company. It helps maintain accountability and quality control.
8. Ask about the warranty. A roof is a great expense that should last a long time. Be sure you have a warranty if there is a problem with the product.
9. Ask about special skills. If you have a specialty roof, like a slate, clay tile or steel roof make sure the contractor has the expertise to work with those materials. Many will have additional certifications from organizations, such as the Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America.