When you have a roofing issue, do you know whom to call? If you’ve never had to call a roofing contractor, you may feel at a loss for whom to turn to. Can you trust online ratings? Is there anything else you should be considering? How do you know if the roofing company you called is reliable and trustworthy?
At Lyons Roofing, we understand how challenging it can be to find a roofer with whom you feel confident. We also know how important it is to get quality roofing services, no matter how big or small the job is. With this in mind, we have provided a few tips below on how to go about choosing a roofing contractor, including why it is so important that you work with someone local.
Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor
When vetting a roofing contractor, you first want to check whether they are licensed, bonded, and insured. All three of these qualifications speak to the roofing company’s commitment to quality work that is code and regulation compliant, as well as their reliability and trustworthiness. In particular, a roofing contractor that has gone to the trouble to be both insured and bonded (like Lyons) demonstrates that they genuinely care about their customers.
Always Choose Local
Our second tip for choosing a roofing contractor is to always work with someone based locally. This means a roofing contractor whose primary service area includes your home and who is easily accessible to you. Though it may seem like a small thing, working with a local roofing company offers many benefits.
You should work with a local roofing contractor for several reasons, including:
- They are familiar with local laws, codes, and regulations that impact construction and roofing installation/repair
- They understand local challenges, including local weather patterns, and more
- When you have a question, you know where to find them
- Once the initial job is done, they continue to be available to you for follow-up work, maintenance services, and to answer any questions you have
Not only is a local roofing contractor easier to vet, but they also tend to be more reliable. You want to avoid working with a contractor with no local office and/or who is from out of state.
Ask for References & Examples
A good roofing company won’t shy away from providing a potential customer with references and/or examples of their work. This is because a good, experienced roofer will be proud of their work, and they will have happy customers willing to attest to the quality of their work. If someone won’t give you either of these, then it is a sign that you should consider looking elsewhere.
As important as references are online reviews. However, when looking at online reviews, you want to look at reviews from various sources. Do not limit yourself to just a few reviews on one site. You will get a better sense of the company you are considering if you do more comprehensive research.
Look for a Contractor Who Is Well-Established
Finding a well-established roofing contractor with a history in their community can be crucial, especially when you are embarking on a major project. Roofing contractors with years of experience behind them in the same community can help signal that not only are they reliable, but their quality of work and customer service is such that people continue to return to them year after year.
Additionally, many long-established roofing companies, like Lyons Roofing (25+ years and counting!), will have technicians who have also been with them for years. As a homeowner, you can benefit from both the company’s and its technician’s wealth of knowledge and experience.
At Lyons Roofing, we know you have a choice of roofing companies. Our team has served the Phoenix and Tucson areas for nearly three decades. Give us a call to find out what makes us different. We are always here to answer any questions and provide you with honest, reliable guidance.