Planning Your Roof

Your roof is one of the most significant elements of your home. It protects your family, belongings, and your biggest investment — your home. So when choosing the right roofing contractor to replace or repair your roof,  it is crucial to carefully screen all potential contractors to ensure that you will be working with a reputable professional who will complete the work in a timely, safe and ethical manner. At Byers, we encourage you to take your time.  Do not be afraid to ask questions, and make sure the answers you receive make sense to you. And get everything in writing.

Contractor’s License and Insurance are a Must

It is always a good idea to make sure that a potential roofing contractor is properly licensed and is in good standing. Request to see a copy of the contractor’s license and then look up the number with the Better Business Bureau and the Contractor’s State License Board. Ask for a copy of the contractor’s insurance policy. Review their policy for what type of insurance coverage they have and up to what amounts.

Choose a Local Professional with an Excellent Warranty

When choosing a roofing contractor, make sure they have an established business with a positive reputation in the community, and an excellent warranty that backs them up. If you should need help with a repair or warranty issue, you want to make sure the company is still in business and stands behind its work. Byers offers one of the most comprehensive warranties in the business, guaranteeing most all roofing materials for 50 years and roofing labor for as long as you own the home.

Ask About a Challenging Project and its Solution

Make sure to ask your potential roofing contractor about a challenging problem they encountered while on the job and how they solved it. Sooner or later, every contractor will face a difficult situation that requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise to solve. A qualified roofing contractor will find the best possible solution to resolve the issue successfully.

Good is in the Detail

No one likes undesirable surprises, so be sure to get detailed specifications of the work to be done, an estimate in writing of the costs associated with the project, and how long it will take to complete. This way you can make a realistic comparison to other roofing contractors. Remain cautious of any quote that is significantly lower than the others.  It may not include all material and labor costs associated with the project. Contractors that typically do work on the side or are working out of a pickup truck can always complete the project more cheaply. If it looks too good to be true, it usually is. In the long run, you may not get top quality work. At Byers, we will always provide you with detailed written quotes to review and keep.

Call Those References

Ask your potential roofing contractor to supply you with a list of references that you can call and talk to. References allow you to get a sense of what others have experienced when they’ve worked with the contractor. A trustworthy contractor will have several satisfied clients who are more than happy to speak with you. An often overlooked source of information is the roofing supply house. Ask who their material supplier is and find out if the supply house recommends them, as well as what their payment history has been.  Byers is glad to supply a list of references upon request.