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Today, many homeowners are tempted to tackle home improvement projects with the help of DIY videos, articles and blogs they find on the Internet. Many of these tutorials make it seem easy to fix things around the home by yourself. However, there are always some caveats involved in each DIY project. Not all components of the home are simple and easy to work on, and even a small mistake can exacerbate the very issue you were trying to fix. For a project as complex as a roof replacement, you simply can’t afford to make any mistakes.

The Right Roofing for Your Home: A Checklist - PART 1: Know Your Roofer: The Professional Advantage

Why Hire a Professional Roofer?

Working with an expert contractor is the most reliable way to ensure a successful outcome. You can have peace of mind knowing they will take care of all your worries and that the process will go smoothly and effectively. Professional roofers have the tools, expertise and materials to perform flawless and thorough work without any loose ends. When it comes to the technicalities involved in the process, they have vast knowledge, allowing them to recommend the best solutions for your project. Lastly, they come with insurance policies and warranties. If anything goes wrong mid-project or within a specified period, you can have it checked and repaired by the manufacturer or company at no cost to you. This is not the case when you take the DIY approach.

What to Look for in a Roofer

Not all professional roofers are trustworthy or competent, however. Like roofs, roofing contractors differ in many ways. Your contractor should possess specific traits and qualities to make sure they can deliver a successful project that meets your needs.

Any contractor you’re considering should have the following:

  • Necessary Licenses:  A state license serves as a proof that the contractor has undergone stringent training and met requirements necessary to provide quality roofing work in your area.
  • Comprehensive Insurance: Insurance policies should cover both general liability for damage on your property and worker’s compensation to cover medical costs if a team member is injured during the project.
  • Awards and Certifications: Awards and certifications are strong indications you’re talking to a quality roofer. This means top organizations and manufacturers have vetted the roofer and recognized their contribution and outstanding service, signifying you’re in good hands.
  • Solid Warranties: If a roofer is confident in the quality of their products and workmanship, they’ll have to trouble standing behind their work by offering solid warranties.

Want to learn how the roof replacement process goes? Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog series!

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