Replacing a roof is a big deal for most homeowners. After all, you depend on your roof to shelter you and your family from the worst that nature can offer up — rain, sleet, snow, winds, etc. A roof also plays a significant role in your home’s curb appeal, so you want a new roof to not only perform well, but to look great too! Once you’ve decided to replace an aging or failing roof, you want to make sure that you’re hiring a company that has a reputation for getting the job done right and within a reasonable amount of time. Knowing who to hire can be confusing and challenging, to say the least, especially here in Ann Arbor, where nature has been known to show its harsher side more often than not, especially during the winter months with plenty of snow and freezing temperatures! With that in mind, here are some tips on what to look for — and what to avoid — when you’re deciding on the right company to install your new roof:
Eliminate Companies that Aren’t Insured
It’s always a good idea to get a few bids for a big home improvement job, and a new roof is no exception. The problem is, to really evaluate a bid, you can’t go by price alone. You want to make sure that the company you hire is insured (a factor that can raise their price) in case of an accident. After all, we are talking about working on a high, sloped surface, and there’s always the chance that somebody could fall and be injured.
Eliminate Companies that Aren’t Local
A local company isn’t just a company that happens to be based in the Ann Arbor area, but one that’s been in the area for a while and has a good reputation. Too many homeowners have ended up with worthless warranties when the roofing company they choose turns out to be a fly-by-night that’s gone out of business when there’s a need for repairs.
Don’t Judge a Company by Price Alone
“Roofers” who do the work on the side or work out of a pick up truck can always quote you a cheaper price, but as with anything of value, you get what you pay for! A reputable company’s price will often be a bit higher because they have to cover the cost of insurance, licensing and overhead. Always choose credentials and reputation over price to ensure that you’re hiring a true, licensed professional — one that can install any roof style with ease and expertise!
Choose Somebody Who’ll Give You a Timeline
One of the worst things you can do is contract with a roofing company who can’t (or won’t) give you a reasonable timeline for how long the job will take. A good roofing company will usually be able to complete a job within a day or two. You don’t want to end up with a company that shows up on Tuesday, gets the job started, and then doesn’t appear again until next Thursday or Friday! That’s inconvenient for you and disrespectful on their part!
Because the weather in Ann Arbor runs the gamut between broiling hot, freezing cold and everything in between, you’ll want to award your roofing job to a company that knows what it’s doing, that’s on-call 24/7, is accessible and helpful, and above-all, confident enough in its expertise to offer a guarantee on materials and workmanship. A2Roofing meets all of these criteria and more — things like free evaluations and estimates, a lifetime guarantee on workmanship and materials, an owner who’s on-site and ready to answer your questions or concerns, and above all, a professional, fully trained staff that will provide you with a new roof that both looks and performs perfectly! We believe that you deserve nothing but the best and we deliver on that belief.
Contact us today for a free evaluation and estimate.