Finding a “Real” Roofing Contractor
Here in the state of Texas, there are thousands of companies claiming to be professionals in the roofing industry. However, due to the lack of regulation and certifications required in the industry, there are many companies that pop up to make a mint off a storm season. They will often close their doors just as quickly as they opened, making it impossible for their customers to ever reach them again. These companies tend to have very little experience and, more often than not, don’t always have the customer in their best interest. We like to refer to these companies as “fake” companies.
Ryan Jones, owner of Platform Construction & Roofing, recommends these 5 questions to ask when looking for a “real” roofing contractor:
- Do they have a portfolio of recently completed jobs? A full-time contractor with experience and knowledge in the industry will have photos available of other roofs they have replaced. They should be able to show you an extensive list. This will also give you an opportunity to see how the finished product will look on your own home.
- Do they have an office space/staff? You want to be sure that your contractor is organized and has the appropriate staff to handle the “business” side of your project. An office space is also telling of a company that has been in the industry for a while, has been successful in the industry, and is not planning on closing its doors in the near future.
- Do they have space for their own equipment? A large and successful roofing company will most likely own their own large equipment and will need a location to store the equipment.
- Do they have a professional website and online reviews? In our digital age, one of the easiest ways to learn about a company’s reputation is to do a little digging online. Be aware of particular sites though where companies can pay their way to a better standing. The most unbiased is Google.
- Do they have a list of recommendations and referrals? If a company has collected a list of previous customers who are willing to give a recommendation for them, you probably have a reliable company in front of you.
You can watch a quick video on this topic HERE