A good roof will last for a number of years, but even with proper maintenance, it will eventually need to be replaced. Maybe you know it’s time to refurbish your roof, but just haven’t gotten around to making the call yet. Or maybe a hurricane or other inclement weather has forced you to replace your roofing early, in which case you are looking for a roofing contractor with all deliberate speed. Either way, you need to do adequate research before signing up with your new roofer. Picking a roofer at random from the yellow pages will likely not set you up for a happy experience. Do your homework by following the list below to find success with a great NJ roofing pro.
1. Word of mouth is one of the most reliable ways of selecting a contractor, and this doesn’t pertain only to roofing. Ask your neighbor with the refurbished roof what she or he thought of the roofing experience and if she or he can recommend the applicable company. Ask your neighbor if the contractors were respectful of the property, quoted an accurate time frame, quoted an accurate and reasonable price, and did quality work.
2. Check online reviews to do further background research on roofers that interest you. Angie’s List is a great resource for checking reviews on NJ roofing specialists and other home repair gurus.
3. Confirm that the roofers are members of NRCA, which is the National Roofing Contractors Association. The NRCA, which has been around since 1886, has members in all 50 states, including NJ roofing professionals. Membership in the NRCA isn’t a failproof test, but it will help confirm your chosen contractor has a cursory knowledge with industry rules, regulations, and safe practice standards.
4. Have your lawyer review the roofing contract before you sign, especially if you have any questions. If you can’t afford an attorney’s perusal, take the intended contract to your local legal services organization to get help.