Eventually all good things come to an end and the roof on your home is no different. Depending on the material that was first used there is a very good chance that after the roof has been subjected to the elements for 20 or 30 years it will have reached the point where it needs replacing, when this happens you are faced with finding a roofer in Fort Washington that has the skills and reputation for quality that you need. The question now is, “How do I find this elusive contractor?”
It is not as difficult or as daunting as you may think at first, it just takes a little time and common sense.
* The first place to check after you have created a short list of names is the local office of the Better Business Bureau. The BBB cannot give you are list of companies but what they can do is to give you an indication of how a company responds to any complaints that may be lodged against it. This information is invaluable when assessing the character and nature of the company and how they care for their reputation.
* Although there may be a significant number of companies listed, check the Yellow Pages. The biggest ad does not necessarily mean that they are the best company, what you should be looking for is information on the company; how many years it has been in business, do they have any specialty areas of expertise where they are well known, information on payment plans and if the company will come to the house and develop a free estimate.
* You may find that other contractors are a good source of information. As a typical house construction takes many trades to complete it, you may be surprised to find out that a carpenter you know well has had experiences with roofers that he will pass along to you. Another excellent source of names is at the local home improvement centers. Many contractors actually leave details with these centers in hopes that a potential customer asks for names.
Once you have created a short list, ask the roofers in Fort Washington for a list of references, call them and get their opinion of the company, the products it supplies and the skill of the installers.