Picking the right roofer is the key to getting a great roof repair or replacement. Let’s review nine reliable sources to find the best roofer.
- Angie’s List / HomeAdvisor
Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor recently merged into one consumer protection resource. Angie’s List and HomeAdvisor vet contractors before allowing them on their site so any company you find on their sites are a step above any old listing. You can use the site for verified reviews too.
- Google Reviews
There are a few dozen different review sites, but Google Reviews is among the most heavily used. Google Reviews can give you an oversight of the company and what your neighbors think of them.
- The Phone Book
Why is the archaic phone book a great resource? Its longevity. Only established businesses with real address get phone book listings which means you aren’t risking call an out-of-state of fly-by-night roofer when you use the old yellow pages.
- Local Resources
Most mid and major metros have at least one local consumer resource. In Denver these include Tom Martino’s ReferralList or Team Dave Logan. You can find these guides, normally free, at coffee shops, government buildings, and other ‘hang-out spots.’ These guides pre-screen contractors so they only feature reputable ones.
Porch.com is a great place to look for local roofing companies. Porch pre-screens contractors for insurance, licensing, and more. You can view previous work and get additional resources on a contractor directly from Porch.
- Your Neighbor
Do you the like the job a local roofer did for your neighbor? What’s keeping you from hiring them? If a roofer worked out well for your neighbor chances are good they’ll work out for you too.
- Your Local BBB
Few people take advantage of the many resources offered by the Better Business Bureau. You can use your local BBB to check reviews, how long a company has been in business, any negative complaints on the company, and more.
- Local Roofing Supplier
If you’re at a loss speak with a local roofing supply company. They work with several different contractors and can tell you who’s on the ball and who you should skip over.
- Friends and Family
The modern roofing company uses advertising, but word of mouth is still the best method to hire a great roofing contractor. Talk to your friends and family who had work done recently to see what working with the company was like.
There are several resources to help you hire a great local roofer but these nine are our favorite. The more you use, the better chance you have of making a great hire.