The roof of your home is an essential part of keeping your family safe from the elements and providing your house with curb appeal. If your roof needs to be updated, repaired, or replaced, you want to ensure an experienced roofing professional is there to take care of it for you.
However, hiring a roofing company to install a new roof or maintain your existing roof isn’t something you’ve likely had to do often. It may have been years or even decades since you last dealt with a roofing issue—you may not have a roofing company in your back pocket that you already know you can trust. So, how do you find the best residential roofing company for your project?
What to Look for in a Roofing Company
Your goal should be to find a roofing company that hires experienced roofing professionals, provides pricing estimates and client references, and keeps licenses and insurance up to date to ensure you have the best possible team working on your home.
Licensing requirements for roofing contractors and companies vary by state, so make sure the roofing company you choose meets any state licensing standards. Additionally, the roofing company should have a track record of experience in the roofing issue and materials unique to your project. For example, if your home is located in the Chicago area, you need to choose a roofing company experienced in working with wind-resistant shingles and other resilient materials.
Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance
Working on roofs can be dangerous—to both contractors as well as to your home. Roofing companies should have worker’s compensation insurance to protect their employees as well as liability insurance to protect you from financial loss if your house is damaged.
An established, experienced roofing company will be able and happy to provide you with a few testimonials from previous customers, ideally with roofing needs that align with your own. The key is to make sure you can (and do!) contact those references to get their feedback on their experience with the roofing company.
Replacing or repairing your roof is a significant expense. You deserve clear estimates on pricing before investing in a company. In fact, a good roofing company should be willing to provide a written estimate to give you peace of mind before signing on the dotted line.
How to Find a Roofing Company
Are you ready to search for the best residential roofing services in your area? Follow these tips to get started.
Determine Your Roofing Needs
Roofing companies often provide a variety of services, which may include anything from offering a routine inspection to complete roof replacement:
Before looking for a roofing company, determine what services you need so you can make sure potential companies can handle your project.
When it comes to residential roofing services, local is best. Find a company that is established in your region so it’s easier to contact them with questions or concerns. A local company will also have more experience in the region’s unique roofing issues that may require specific knowledge or training.
Ask for Recommendations
As you start compiling a list of potential roofing companies, ask people you trust for a referral:
- Homeowners association (HOA)
- Real estate agents
- Home inspectors
Even if you don’t know someone who has recently had their roof repaired or replaced, maybe your friends or neighbors know somebody. Word of mouth is the first step to painting an accurate picture of a local roofing company’s reputation.
Research Multiple Contractors
Don’t focus your attention on the first contractor you hear about; instead, compare several different roofing companies in your area to find one that best fits your project and budget expectations.
Check the Better Business Bureau
When you look up a roofing company on the Better Business Bureau (BBB), you can see if it has been accredited—which is ideal—as well as view a log of official customer reviews and complaints.
Look at Online Reviews
Online reviews are an excellent tool in your roofing company research arsenal. Home contracting websites and social media pages usually offer a history of customer reviews. Just keep in mind that a few negative reviews are normal and generally nothing to be concerned about. If, however, those bad reviews are all about the same issue, you may want to look elsewhere.
Check Their References
Don’t just get a few references from past customers; it’s important to also call those references. Ask about their experience working with the roofing company, how their roof is holding up, and how responsive their contractor was to questions and concerns during and after the roofing project.
Ask About Insurance, Licenses, and Training
Roofing companies should have insurance to protect their employees and your home. Liability insurance and worker’s compensation are the minimum. If a roofing company doesn’t have insurance and somebody gets injured or your home is damaged, the legal and financial burden can fall on you.
Licenses help establish that a roofing company is experienced and willing to prove their skills in order to meet state requirements. Check state laws to see if licenses are required by roofing companies operating in your state. If your state does not require licensing, ask about training and other ways the company’s employees stay up to date.
Get Price Estimates
After asking friends and neighbors for referrals, calling recommendations, looking through online reviews, and checking the BBB, create a list of potential roofing companies and ask each one for a quote.
Getting budget estimates from several roofing companies will make it easy to establish an average price range for your project. If a roofing company is charging substantially more than the average, they may not right for you. On the other hand, an extremely low estimate could be a sign that the company doesn’t provide quality work.
With these pricing estimates in hand, you can narrow your list to companies that fit your budget, have consistently high customer reviews, and have the right experience for your roofing project.
Contact Champion Roofing for Your Commercial and Residential Roofing Needs
At Champion Roofing, we are a recognized leader in the Chicago roofing industry. Our professional roofing contractors offer a range of services, including roof inspection, maintenance, repair, and replacement—all featuring the high-quality work that comes with 30 years of experience serving residents in the Chicago area.
Our roofing team is ready to guide you through your project every step of the way. Whether you need to install gutters, repair damaged shingles, or replace your roof entirely, we are here to help.
Contact us today to get a free quote. Your roof is worth the investment.