Choosing a Roofer: 5 Good Things to Know

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How do you begin choosing a roofer?

When it comes time to choosing a roofer or roofing company for your roofing project, Western Construction & Roofing knows there are several things to keep in mind. Instead of giving you the whole novel of advice, we have shortened this how-to guide into 5 sections. The roof over your head is immeasurably important and you want this to be a well thought out decision. We hope this list can help lead you to choosing the best roofer – although we will always recommend ourselves for the job – yes, we are the best!

1. Search for Roofers in Your Area and Look at the Reviews When Choosing a Roofer

You will want to look at the long list of roofers in your area. If you live in a metropolitan area, there will be an especially long list to look at when choosing a roofer. Most of the time, the best thing to do is to start with a Google search. Google is the most effective way to access the full reaches of the information available on the interest within one single click of a button.

While conducting your research, make sure to take the time to scroll down. Sometimes companies do not have a great online presence or do not put money into advertising but have amazing reviews.

Next, you will want to take the time to consider the reviews from multiple sources. Great places to source reviews are websites like Google and HomeAdvisor. The research when choosing a roofer is the lengthiest part of the process. You want to make sure you are vetting every aspect of the job and company you can think of.

2. Consider the Materials the Roofing Company Uses

Any roofer worth a dime will use high grade, name brand materials. At Western Construction & Roofing, we know choosing a roofer can be difficult and finding quality can be equally as difficult. We stand by the excellence very few brands, which include Owens Corning Duration, IKO Dynasty, and Malarkey. The roof over your head is extremely important and the quality is of the upmost importance. This is not an area where you want to try to get a deal or find a discount brand. When choosing a roofer, pick someone who hold quality to a high standard.

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3. Get Estimates from Three or More Roofing Companies

Something most homeowners find interesting is that they will get a different estimate from every roofing company they contact. Some companies overcharge, some companies charge what they’re worth – whether that be a high cost because of great experience or low cost for lack of experience, some companies itemize each cost and provide you the breakdown, and it seems some just throw a random number out there. The best thing to do at this point of the process is to use your best judgement.

*Pro tip: Do you have some neighbors who recently had their roof replaced? Ask them who they used! Use their wealth of knowledge to help guide your decisions. We are confident you will hear our name most often when your neighbors talk about who did the best job in the Coeur d’Alene area.

Choosing a Roofer: Questions to Ask Yourself at this Step

  • Does it seem like the estimator is genuinely concerned with providing you the most accurate cost estimate?
  • Is the estimator listening to and addressing your concerns?
  • Is the estimator an employee of the business you’re interested in hiring or a subcontractor? (This could add to the cost of your roof!)
  • Does the estimate seem fair? Take the square footage of your roof and multiply it by 5; This will be the approximate price for your roof for a standard 6/12 pitch, one-story home.
    *Steep and higher roofs could cost anywhere from $0.50 – $1.50 per square foot.
  • Do the people you have spoken with at the company all seem knowledgeable in roofing? Avoid scammers and do your research on anyone you invite over for a quote.
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4. Choose a Roofing Company

You’re nearing the finish line! This is the end of the line when it comes to choosing a roofer. This is the time to choose a roofing company. Gather all your research and go with your gut. The most experienced and highly rated roofers will make themselves known through your good research. It’s time to schedule the installation.

5. Admire That Beautiful Roof

It’s now time to step back and look at that magnificent roof of yours. Not only will your new roof be eye-catchingly crisp and fresh looking, but you will reap the benefits of better overall house insulation and upgraded protection from the elements.

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For quality roofing service that you can trust in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, contact Western Construction & Roofing. Our team of professionals is standing by to help with your roofing insurance claim, general construction or new roof needs. If you notice a leak with your metal roof, contact us for a free estimate today.