How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Does your house need a new roof? If your dining room or bedroom has large buckets for collecting’ drips, the answer is probably “Yes”! If you have lived in Portland, OR for any amount of time, you know that there is no shortage of rain to be found in the Pacific Northwest.

Assuming that you are not willing or able to replace the roof yourself, you will be searching for a reliable roofing contractor to take care of the work for you. The question then is; how do you find a dependable roofer? The answer may not be as difficult as you believe. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a Portland roofing company:

1. This one may be obvious, but it really is a good place to start. Look at the local Yellow Pages or Dex Directory. Look up the section called “roofing” for the names of Portland roofers you can call for an estimate. The ads in these Yellow Pages are pretty expensive, so if you see a company listed here, it’s a good bet that they are not some ‘fly by night’ roofing contractor.
Occasionally the ads will let you learn some key information about the company, such as location, hours of operation, and what they specialize in. You also might find out whether the roofing company accepts credit card payments, and whether they provide free estimates (most do). Call at least three or four roofers for a good range of prices and the process involved in getting your roof replaced or repaired.

2. Contact the local Portland Oregon Better Business Bureau by phone or visit their website. While the BBB will not provide a list of roofing contractors for you to contact, they can give you an idea of how the roofing company responded to complaints if they have any so that you can get a feel for the character and reputation of the roofing contractor.

3. Search online for roofer-related organizations, the more local the better. You may find a roofers’ trade association or group that can give you more details on what you what to look for in a roofing contractor, and maybe recommend a few local contractors that have a good reputation. You can also contact a General Contractor to see if they have any roofing companies that they use in their jobs.

4. Go to a local home building supply store and start asking around for recommended roofing companies. They usually have a list of specialists that they recommend to people who are looking for roof-related consultations or help with home improvement projects. Oftentimes the store might have a workshop or seminar put on by one of these roofing experts. Attending a session may give you a better idea of what goes into replacing or repairing a roof and will give you a feel for the roofing contractors personality and style. Sometimes just meeting someone and going with your gut feeling about them can be used as one of the criteria for selecting the best roofer for the job.

5. Go to Google or Bing and search for “Portland Roofing” (without the quotes). Construction companies and roofing contractors as well as independent roofers are more often than not advertising their companies on the web by having a well-designed and informative web site. Some will offer free newsletters or FAQ’s that will help to answer your questions. You can also get an insight into how serious they are about projecting a great image for their roofing company.

6. Ask people you know for referrals. If you get the name of a roofer that might work for your project, ask for referral letters from past clients and then follow up by contacting these clients. It would be a good idea to drive by a recent project of theirs and take a look at their workmanship.

7. See if you can negotiate to pay in portions. Never pay 100% for a roofing job (or any type of home improvement project) up front. It is OK to pay 25-33% as a down payment, but make a written agreement to pay partial payments in two or three stages. Make sure to get a written estimate first, and if the roofing contractor attempts to change the terms of your agreement, report them to the BBB and/or local authorities.

8. Always make sure any roofing contractor you are considering is properly licensed, bonded AND insured. Ask them to provide written confirmation of these credentials. You can check a roofing contractors license in Oregon at the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. Also make sure to obtain proof of ample insurance. If someone is injured on your property while they are replacing your roof, you definitely do not want your homeowner’s insurance to be liable for the injury!

A roof is one of the most important components of your house. Make sure that you take all possible precautions in choosing who you hire to repair or replace you roof. It is such an important part of your home, and only an expert should perform the needed repairs and replacements.

I hope this information has helped, and you consider Portland Roofing NW as one of the companies that you will get an estimate from. Give us a call during normal business hours at 503-766-3869 to schedule a free, no-hassle estimate and roofing consultation. We will never push you into a project you do not need to do, nor will we attempt any “hard-selling” techniques. We are here to make you happy by making your home the best that it can be!

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