Summer is not over – and there’s still time to get that roof replaced! If you’ve been thinking about hiring a Bay City, MI roofing company or contractor to install your new roof, make sure you follow these five easy steps:
Finding Reliable Roofing Companies
When shopping around for your new roofing company, it is important you do a little research upfront. Paired with a quick Google search in your area, ask your friends and family in the area about services and experiences they recommend.
You can also find reputable roofers through sources like HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List. These websites put qualified roofing professionals through a rigorous screening process and provide customer reviews, so you can see how roof installations have gone in the past.
Having Your First Conversations
It may be overwhelming when you search roofing companies in Bay City – because there are a lot! Before crossing any off the list, make sure to click through their website and give each company a call to gauge price range. After receiving a few ballpark quotes, you can begin to compare company bids. On average, a new roof installation costs about $8,000; but material and style could up the price. Do note: the company you decide to conduct business with should assess your roof in-person and give you a written quote.
Researching Company Credentials
After the initial conversations with a few roofing companies, make sure to ask about licensing and insurance. Every state follows different guidelines, and in Michigan, all licensed roofers must complete 60 hours of education, pass an exam, and apply for a state license from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
On top of this, roofers can receive specific material certifications, so if you are looking for something special, make sure the person you hire has expertise with the material.
Checking Experience & References
All roofing companies should be able to give you at least three references. If anyone hesitates when you ask for references, plan to continue down your short list. We recommend you verify all references and ask them a few simple questions:
- Did the roofing company complete the project in a reasonable amount of time?
- What was your favorite experience working with the company? Least favorite experience?
- Would you recommend your friends and family work with this company?
Additionally, if you are hiring a roofing company to install a new roof on your home, make sure they have industry experience. This will save you time and money in the future. You do not want to hire a second company to re-do a poor job!
Reviewing the Contract & Warranty
No one likes to read the fine print, but we certainly recommend you do! All warranties are not created equally, and companies offer different warranties depending on the type of roof. The work itself should be covered for ~5 years, and it’s not uncommon to have a 20-to-40 year warranty on the materials.
Contact your local roofing company – Herbert Roofing – today! One of our experts will gladly walk you through the installation process. We cannot wait to work with you.