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Hiring a Roofer: Meaningful Tips to Consider

So you are having some issues with your hip roofs and need to hire a roofer. Whether you have overhanging tree limbs, roof leaks, flashing failures, poor ventilation, roof gaps or are just looking for someone to make sure your hip roof is kept up-to-date, hiring a quality roofing company is critical to avoiding bigger issues in the future.

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When hiring roofers, it's important to note that not all roofers are the same. You'll find companies that are cheap, and you'll find some that charge an arm and a leg. The key, is finding a quality roofer that you feel comfortable with and does a job that is up to or exceed your expectations. To do this, we've listed the top factors to keep in mind when looking to hire a roofer.

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Ask for Roofer Referrals

One of the first few places to start when you're looking to hire roofers is your friends, neighbors and co-workers. You'll want to ask them if they know of a roofing company that they have hired before that they would recommend or refer.

If you have a specific issue with your hip roofs, like roof leaks, you can ask for referrals of roofing companies that they know of that have helped them with their roof leaks or whatever other issue you are having (ie. overhanging tree limbs, roof gaps, poor ventilation, flashing failures, etc.)

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Reviews of Roofers

After checking out references that you received for roofers, you'll want to check online reviews. You should be able to find online reviews for just about any roofer in your local area. This can very helpful, but can also be overwhelming and misleading at times. Here are a few guidelines to help you as you sift through all of the reviews:

An overwhelmingly positive or negative review of a roofer could be a sign of a fake review- so take that into considerations.
Make a special note of roofers that have received a great deal of reviews. A lot of reviews combined with 4.5 to 5 stars is a big sign that the roofing company got those legitimately.
Keep an eye out for reviews that compare their experience with other roofers. Giving these details adds validity to the reviewer who has actually hired a local roofer.

Here are a few examples of valid reviews of roofers:

"Melkon was the manager who oversaw all aspects of the process. They were on time, finished by the estimated time, pulled all necessary permits, and best of all was that Melkon answered my phone calls or returned the messages every single time. I highly recommend their services, Best company for your roof project."

"Excellent service. Work was completed quickly, efficiently and of high quality. Very pleased with our new 50-year roof! Wes and John were very accommodating and worked with us to get the cost down to within our budget range. 10/10 recommended"

"The roofers did a fantastic job on my house. They were very professional and friendly, making me feel great about their work. The roof replacement job you did for me was fantastic! Your team were professional and quick. We will be recommending your company to everyone I know. Thanks again!!!"

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Pro Tip:

Always make sure the roofer is using the proper tools and a specialized roofing software program custom to the industry.

Roofer References

Once you have gathered referrals and checked online reviews of the roofing companies, you want to call the company directly and ask them for at least 2 recent references. These should be from customers they have completed work for within the past month. Also, you can ask for references for specific issues like overhanging tree limbs, roof leaks, roof gaps, flashing failures, poor ventilation or just general hip roof issues. Here are some questions you could ask the roofers' references:

What work did the roofer do for you? A small hip roof issue or big hip roof issue will give you insight as to the scale of the project. Was it for roof gaps, poor ventilation, overhanging tree limbs, flashing failures, roof leaks or just general hip roof issues?
Did the roofer provide a contract with details of the work? Did they provide what methods will be used, possible issues, etc.
How was the staff that completed the roofing work? Professional, clean, friendly? Ask about the things that you care about.
Was the roofing work completed per the agreed upon budget?
How were the roofers results? Did they meet or exceed your expectations?
Would you hire the roofer again?
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Pro Tip:

Licensed and Insured Roofing

When hiring a Roofer, that last think you want to do is hire one that is not a legitimate business and has no license and insurance. Just because you know that Roofing companies should be licensed, bonded and insured, don't take this for granted.

Roofers that do not have a license will most likely try to cut corners because they understand that they are not as accountable for their work. In fact, it's illegal for them to operate without a license.

Professional roofing companies will have no problem showing you all the necessary documents, licenses and insurance to operate their business.

Final Notes on Hiring a Roofer

Hiring a roofer can be challenging at first, but using these tips above should get you started in the right direction. And keep in mind that it could take a couple different roofers that you hire before finding that perfect one- and when you find that perfect one, don't let them go!

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