How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

We know there are many roofing companies in Salt Lake City, Utah that you could invite to take on your roofing project. In fact, there are so many that some people feel completely overwhelmed when making this decision. As a company with plenty of experience roofing Utah, we thought we would offer some guidance about what you need to consider when selecting the right contractor for your project:

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Licensing and Insurance

In the roofing industry, we don’t classify all roofers the same. No reputable company would dream of getting on your roof without these basic requirements, and you should take some time to verify this information.

Make sure your contractor has both a General Liability policy and a Worker’s Compensation Policy. You also want to make sure that your contractor has a contractor’s license - not just the business license - and you want to make sure they are licensed for the trade you are hiring them to practice. You can contact the Utah Insurance Department for more information about specific coverages and amounts that should be in place.

Professional Appearance/Presentation

Roofing is hard work, and there are legitimate roofing companies whose owners are up installing roofs, so you can’t always judge a book by its cover. But you absolutely should not discount the effort that a professional company will put into giving you a stellar first impression. A reputable roofer would not send someone into your home that would soil your carpet or who stinks.

Price

Let’s face it: no matter how much you love a contractor, if you’re on a budget for your roofing project, you can’t magically conjure the extra cash you need to pay your favorite contractor. You can only do so much. But here is a little insider secret: your best contractor is probably not going to be the least expensive contractor. But they probably aren’t the most expensive contractor, either. And here is something most homeowners don’t consider: although you may be able to get a roofing contractor to give you an estimate that is lower than your favorite contractor, most times if you were to do a side-by-side comparison, you would find that the lower price sacrifices a lot of quality. Items like warranty, shingle type and expected life affect the cost, as does the amount of development a company does to train and educate its team.

Reviews & Referrals

In this day of the internet, we all have a wealth of information at our investigative disposal. Spend a little time looking up your potential contractors online. See if they have any negative reports with the Better Business Bureau. Read positive and negative reviews on platforms such as Google and Home Advisor - and see if/how the contractor responded. Ask the contractor for references or pictures of jobs they have recently done. Ask your network of friends and family for their recommendations. If you have any specialty/custom details, talk to the contractor about them and vet their experience with those details. You can get a reasonably good idea of a company with just a little effort.

Consider the Roof Doctor

When you’re looking for a roofing contractor to trust with your home, call the Roof Doctor! We are licensed roofing contractors, fully insured, and we offer the best warranties on the market today.