By Allison Gaucher, Office Manager
Choosing the Right Contractor Goes Beyond Just the Lowest Price
Selecting the ideal roofing contractor for your exterior remodeling projects is a vital decision that requires more than just looking for the lowest price. Your home is one of your most significant investments, and it deserves the attention of a professional, reliable, and trustworthy contractor. In this article, we will guide you through the process of selecting the perfect roofer for your needs, highlighting the importance of online reviews, insurance, trust, relationship building, knowledge, and experience. At Green Collar Roofing & Exteriors, we pride ourselves on having numerous repeat customers, a testament to our commitment to quality service.
1. Look Beyond the Lowest Price
While it’s natural to be attracted to the lowest quote, remember that price should not be the sole deciding factor. An exterior remodeling contractor offering the lowest price may cut corners, use subpar materials, or lack the necessary experience to complete the job correctly. Many times they fail to register your warranty to save a few dollars. Instead, focus on the value and quality of work you will receive.  A contractor who is priced slightly higher but offers better service, better quality work, better materials and has a responsive back end support team will actually save you money in the long run by preventing future issues and making sure your permits and warranties are properly processed.
2. Check Online Reviews and Testimonials
Online reviews and testimonials are a great starting point to gauge the reputation of a contractor. Reviews can provide insights into the quality of work, customer service, and overall satisfaction of past clients. Websites like Google, Yelp, and Angie’s List are reliable sources for customer reviews. Pay attention to consistent patterns in reviews, both positive and negative, to form an accurate picture of the contractor’s performance. Sort reviews by “most recent”. Some online review services show the “most helpful” reviews first, which could be months or even years old.
3. Verify Insurance and Licensing
Make sure the roofer you choose is fully licensed and insured. Licensing ensures the contractor meets the state or county’s requirements and industry standards.  General liability insurance protects you from liability in case of property damage and Workers Compensations insurance protects the company’s employees in the event of workplace accidents during the project. A reputable contractor will willingly provide proof of their insurances and licensing upon request so make sure you ask!
4. Prioritize Trust and Relationship Building
A strong working relationship with your roofing contractor is essential for a successful project. Ensure the contractor is approachable, communicative, and responsive to your questions and concerns. A trustworthy contractor will be transparent about the project’s progress, costs, and any potential issues that may arise. You want to work with a contractor who you would want to hire again for future projects, and here at Green Collar we’ve had many repeat customers throughout the years.
5. Evaluate Knowledge and Experience
The roofer’s knowledge and experience play a crucial role in the project’s success. Look for a contractor with an established track record in the industry and expertise in the specific type of roofing or exterior work you need. Ask for references and visit completed projects to see the quality of their work firsthand.
6. Assess the Contractor’s Professionalism
Professionalism is a key aspect of a successful project. A professional roofing contractor will provide a detailed written estimate, a comprehensive project plan, and a clear timeline for completion. They will also maintain a clean and organized worksite and adhere to safety regulations. Look for a contractor who demonstrates professionalism throughout the entire process.
7. Consider Warranties and Guarantees
A reliable contractor will stand behind their work and offer warranties or guarantees on materials and labor. Ensure the roofing contractor you choose provides a clear explanation of warranty coverage, including the length and conditions. A comprehensive warranty can save you money and hassle in the long run if issues arise after project completion. Most contractors have a workmanship guarantee on the installation, but a reputable contractor will guarantee their workmanship for a lifetime.
Selecting the right roofing contractor for your roofing and exterior needs involves more than just finding the lowest price. By considering factors such as reviews, insurance, trust, relationship building, knowledge, and experience, you can choose a contractor who you would gladly hire again.
At Green Collar Roofing & Exteriors, our commitment to quality work and customer satisfaction has earned us many repeat customers. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your next roofing or exterior project.