Experience is an essential prerequisite to roofing, and when you hire a dependable Tyler roofing contractor you will want to know that they can not only provide you with the trust and friendly attitude you need from an expert roofer, but also with the knowledge and experience to set your mind at ease.
When you want to hire a Tyler roofing contractor it’s obviously important to make sure they have enough experience to manage the task at hand. But what does that really mean? And how can you even tell if they have the required experience?
One of the best ways to make sure your roofer has enough experience is to check to see for how many years they’ve been in business. Now, you can simply ask them, and they can tell you that they’ve been working in the roofing industry for more than 10 or 20 years. But in order to make sure they aren’t just telling you what you want to hear, it’s also a good idea to do a quick background check on your roofers.
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Start by checking up on their license number and see how long they’ve been in business according to the Contractors State License Board in your state. Remember that a license is only valid for the state it was issued in, so if you want to hire a contractor from another area, make sure they have a license for practicing roofing in your state.
- The BBB (Better Business Bureau) has excellent quality control for businesses and contractors from all around the country. Checking the track record of your roofers on the BBB website will be akin to an endorsement or a recommendation to look elsewhere. You’ll get accurate information about any complaints there might be about the business, and you’ll have fair warning ahead of time if the company hasn’t been active long enough.
- Ask your family, friends, neighbors and work colleagues. If you can find just about anyone who has lived in the area for 10-20 years, they can likely tell you about roofers that have come and gone, what you have to look out for, and who you can trust with your roofing projects.
Of course, these recommendations are not always going to work for every single roofing company you find on the market. Some are pretty clever when it comes to hiding their tracks and setting up a false image of a reliable and experienced roofing company. So you always have to use your discernment as well.
Ask for second opinions, do your own research on common roofing issues, and get all the facts checked before you consider hiring a certain roofing contractor. While many are legitimate, hardworking and experienced Tyler roofing professionals, a few might be more inclined to lie about their experience to try and get in on a larger project and earn more money. Not all of them are scammers (although some are, so watch out), but it’s worth keeping an eye out since the risk is high that an inexperienced roofer could mess up a project worth many thousands of dollars and lead to huge delays in its completion.