If you’re a self-sufficient man or woman, then you don’t like to ask for help much. You’re perfectly happy relying on just one person: yourself. And while that’s fine when it comes to things like mowing your own lawn and painting a room, it gets a little trickier with bigger projects. For instance – replacing a roof.
In terms of the work itself, replacing a roof isn’t terribly complicated. You basically have to lay down some felt, put some shingles on it and then nail them down. Simple, right? Of course, this all happens (at least) 15-feet off the ground, and you do have to lug those heavy bundles of shingles up there. Hey, I said it was simple, not easy.
If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then you should hire a professional roofing contractor to replace your roof. But how do you settle on one? Allow us to assist.
- Start With the Internet
What, do you think the yellow pages would be better? Not in the 21st century. Most Americans use the internet every day for silly stuff (like updating their Snapchat stories), so why not use it for something important? And thanks to Google, we can actually get excellent local results from the internet. Simply type in your search terms and include your area in the search box (i.e. “Ft. Worth, TX”), and you’ll be presented with local results right at the top of the page.
- Narrow it Down From There
The internet is a very large place, so you’re probably going to be overwhelmed with choices. So how do we whittle it down? Look for reviews, press clippings or any other general information you can find about potential contractors. We’re not looking for something in particular, but any information you find can provide insight. Are they active in the community? That’s a business that cares about their image and their customers. Have they been chosen for some high-profile business contracts? Then that’s probably a pretty dependable contractor.
- The Final Process
You should narrow down the choices to a handful of potential contractors, and then start ringing them up. Call the contractor and discuss your project with them, or you can stop by in person. Explain the situation and see what they have to offer. If you like what they say, then an estimate is the logical next step.
Once you’ve received estimates from a few contractors, now it’s time to make your pick. We have some thoughts on that process [please insert link to not yet posted blog “Choosing a roofing contractor after receiving multiple proposals”], but here’s one quick word of advice: the cheapest bid is rarely the best.