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  • Writer's pictureNeil Burtt

Choosing a Quality Roofing Contractor: Six Tips

Updated: May 1

Your roof sets the tone for the stability and safety of your home. Shotty installation or poor repairs can cost you in the long run. So when it comes to a roofing project, it’s imperative you choose a quality contractor to get the job done right. Unfortunately, not all roofing contractors are created equal. Some are more committed to their workmanship, while others may not be around long enough to fulfill any needed roofing warranty service. Fortunately, with a little investigative work you can find a trusted and reliable contractor for your next roofing job. Here are six tips to get you started.

1. Ask for referrals and read reviews.

Before you spend money, it pays to do your research. Talk to those you know and trust about their experiences with a roofing company. Social media sites and community pages are also an excellent resource for quickly gathering referrals. 

As you generate your list of potential contractors, read online reviews for an impartial assessment of the roofing contractor’s work. Sites like Google reviews and Yelp provide a forum for open and honest consumer feedback. 

2. Talk to local roofing contractors.

A good rule of thumb is to obtain three estimates for your project so you can compare pricing and services. But be leary of bids that seem excessively high or low. While pricing is important, it shouldn’t be your sole deciding factor. Getting the right “vibe” from a contractor and being comfortable communicating your budget and needs, should weigh into your decision. 

3. Look for the right documentation.

Protect your investment and benefits by verifying the contractor is a licensed and fully-insured installer. The license should be up-to-date and the insurance should include both worker’s compensation and liability coverage. Companies like Queen City Roofing, which undergo rigorous standards testing to receive professional certifications, demonstrate their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

4. Evaluate the quality of the roofing materials.

Like roofing contractors, not all roofing materials are created equal either. Some, like Queen City Roofing, build residential roofs with high quality materials, such as the innovative, durable, and superior performance of Timberline HDZ from GAF. By understanding the material options available, you can better compare their features and benefits. 

5. Check warranty programs.

Protect your investment by making sure you’re receiving the best warranty available. As a GAF Master Elite® Contractor, all of Queen City’s roof installations come with an extended warranty on both materials and labor, and are transferable to a home buyer should you decide to sell your home.

6. Ask for homeowner references.

After you’ve narrowed your list, ask the contractor for a list of homeowner references that you can call to verify your findings. This last measure will confirm your decision and give you peace of mind that you’ve selected the best contractor to help you with your roofing needs.

Residential Roofing in Southern New Hampshire

We understand that installing or repairing a roof system is a significant investment. At Queen City Roofing, our fully-insured roofing specialists approach each project with expertise, professionalism, and superior customer service. For over 20 years, we have provided the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, with the best warranties in the market. Contact us today for your FREE estimate.

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