Just beginning your search for a roofing contractor in Omaha? You can start by contacting the Omaha Chamber of Commerce about contractors who are active in the community. The Better Business Bureau, state licensing authorities, local trade associations and the yellow pages are also excellent sources of information. Also local suppliers of roofing products can be a good place to check. If you already know what you are looking for you can simply call 855-981-1860 now to speak to a roofing expert that will set you up to get in-home estimates from up to 3 different Omaha roofers in the area. If you’re not sure what you want in a roofer, keep reading to get some tips on what are some important things to look for.
Finding a contractor who knows good roofing practices and how to deal with problem spots on building roofs, and other options when it comes to roof covering products: shingle types, grades, colors, flat roofing materials, etc can be a tough task. A reliable roofer will provide you with sound advice on different options, reasonable explanation of procedures, and, most importantly-solid results – no leaks, and a roof that will withstand the elements. It can be difficult to determine the capabilities and reliability of a contractor.
1. Check Online Roofer Reviews
Before you decide on a roofer and sign the contract, you should also crosscheck the roofer’s references with online roofer reviews. When doing this, make sure to look at both negative and positive reviews. It is likely that an experienced roofer who has done many projects has received a few negative reviews from customers who are very hard to please. Instead of rejecting these roofers, you need to see if the number of positive reviews exceeds the negative ones by a wide margin. When checking referrals and reviews look for older ones and see if the work done has been reliable and the after service provided sufficient.
2. Verify Workers Compensation And Insurance Coverage
If you approve of the roofing company up to this point, check to make sure they have workers’ compensation at a minimum of a million dollars coverage for their liability insurance. Get their name and the certificates that prove their insurance. Now get a estimate. And remember, since roofing is not a long-term job, divide up the total due to the roofing company into 2 payments if at all possible, a third at the start, and the rest when the job is done and all clean-up efforts are done according to what you would expect.
Also make sure there is a warranty covering leaks, flashing failure as well as other work-related problems. A year warranty is the minimum to make sure to get get, and two to three years is desirable. These exact specifications should go on the contract, and should also specify what kine of shingles are going to make up the roof. Request the highest-scoring, most lasting that are available on the market that are within your price range.
Shingle companies most commonly give a warranty of 20-30 years on their products. Many warranties are null though if shingles are installed on top of the old shingles, so taking off the current layer might be necessary, at an additional fee. Asphalt roofs make it up to 13 years, so a warranty of 20 years should be ok. Just make sure you get the paperwork and proof of warranty needed to take on any issues in the future.
3. Tell the roofing company you’re a referral.
Businesses love referrals because that’s where a lot of their work comes from. Being a referral makes you stand out. Here’s how to become an instant referral: just call your prospective roofing company and ask them for a reference. Then contact the reference and maybe do a ‘drive-by.’ That’s all there is to it. You are now a genuine referral and can tell the roofing company “So and so gave me your name and they said you’re the greatest.”
Calling as a referral is the single greatest way to start a relationship or do business with any company. It gives you an edge. If a roofing company isn’t nice to you when you call as a referral they won’t be good when it counts – like when your project’s under way. (Don’t be disappointed if the receptionist isn’t over excited when you say you’re a referral.)
Most all great roofing and remodeling companies are built on a rock solid foundation and reputation from referrals. A referral is all that most customers need to make a decision. People go where their friends and family like to go, especially if it’s the first time. A referral is invaluable – they’ve already used the roofing company to test them for you. Buying a new roof for most people is a once-in-a-lifetime thing – it’s important to get it right the first time. And what better way than utilizing the knowledge of others that you trust?
4. Ask if they they take away the debris when the work is done.
Roofing can be a dirty job. One of the big issues that new roof buyers experience, and one that many consumers don’t even consider beforehand, is – what is going to be done with all the old tiles and shingles up on the roof now? Well, they are strewn about on the lawn below! And broken, damaged, and scattered all over. There will also be nails scattered around, too. If the roofing contractors do not make sure the roofing materials are not gently placed on a tarp which will be taken away, you will have damaged tiles, sharp nails, wooden splinters, and whatever else is left behind, scattered about your yard. A licensed roofing company will know how to get rid of this dangerous situation, and he will be held responsible for any damage to your property or injuries to your family if there is any from taking apart your old roof. Well that concludes our list, be careful and don’t forget to do your homework beforehand and you’ll be happy with the result!