After last week’s blog about having a professional inspect and do the maintenance for your metal roof, I realized that finding a qualified Miami metal roofing professional can sometimes be difficult in and of itself.
Unfortunately, the roofing industry is known for scams, shoddy workmanship, and overpriced installations. So it’s up to you to do the work necessary to be sure that you find an experienced and honest roofer, not just the first one listed in the yellow pages.
In an effort to help you in that task, I’ve come up with a step by step guide for finding a good roofer that can do the inspection, installation, and maintenance for you. After all, Metal Master Shop provides the product for your roofing project, and we know all the ins and outs of that side of the equation. It’s up to the roofing contractor you hire to actually complete the project for you. And hopefully they do it to your specifications and appreciation.
Step 1: Gather
This is the easy part. This is where you go online, ask your friends, and look around your neighborhood for roofing companies. Get together a list of names and contact information.
Step 2: Organize
Sort them from best to worst as well as you can at this point. There are probably dozens available to you and you don’t want to waste your time meeting for a consultation with that many. So for example, if a trusted friend gave you a glowing recommendation, then that technician should probably go to the top of the list.
Step 3: Website
Do the Miami roofers on your list have a website? Does it give you good information? Is it easy to navigate? If the company doesn’t have a website or if there isn’t much solid information on it, then chances are that the roofer isn’t insured or licensed.
Step 4: Reviews
Always look for reviews both on the Miami roofer’s website and on other sites like Yelp and Google Maps. Read as many reviews as you can, pay attention to the date of the review and what was said. Let this guide your decisions about where to prioritize a company on your list and when to eliminate them altogether.
Step 5: Accreditations
Check for proof of accreditation by finding their registrar for contractor numbers or by contacting the roofing certification board to check for complaints. If they say they have an A+ rating, take the little bit of time necessary to verify that on the BBB website.
Step 6: Send Out Word
Now you need to contact them with the details of your job. After all, you might contact a great roofer but can’t hire him because he can’t complete your job within the time frame you need. So the next series of eliminations is to make sure the roofer is a good fit for you and your project.
Sometimes a client will get a questionable response from a roofer on their list. At times this is the fault of the roofer, perhaps if he is trying to make some easy money. So be wary.
At other times, the fault here lies with the client who is simply uninformed or doesn’t know what to expect from a roofer. Again, doing your homework and being smart and realistic about your project will go a long way during this step.
Here’s what to include in your research:
Type of job – Is it a few repairs or a complete installation? What material is the roof? How large or small is the job? (Some roofers have a minimum amount they charge for a job so ask specifically about this too.)
Other aspects of the job – is there anything else that needs to be done along with the roofing work? Insulation? Home repair? Is there an option to bundle these services together? Is there another company or contractor that they work with to accomplish these things?
Materials needed – Are they providing the materials or do you have a manufacturer or materials already? How available are these materials? Is there a timeline for having them manufactured or ordered?
Timeline – When do you want it done? Do you want it started immediately or at a specific time in the future?
Now you just sit back and wait for the bids to come in!
Metal roofing systems are a smart option for many homeowners looking to have an affordable, long lasting solution to their roofing needs. If it’s done properly and maintained well, a metal roof will be attractive and low maintenance for years to come.
And if you find the right person for the job, then your metal roof will be a smooth, simple, and an affordable choice!
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