How Do You Pick the Right Roofing Company?

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Among the sea of roofing contractors in your local market vying for your attention, which company do you award the gold medal that is your business to? What are the award-winning traits that stand out to you? If you are not that invested in picking a roofing company, you probably should be. After all, you will be spending a lot of your hard-earned money on any kind of roofing project. You do not want to pay out the nose for a shoddy roof job.

So, your interest is piqued, but you’re unsure of the criteria to use to decide your champion in the Roofing Contractor Grand Competition for Your Business™. Please refer below for a few key criteria you can use to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

Cost

Person holding hundred dollar bills

Just because a roofing project is typically expensive doesn’t mean you have to pay any more than you have to. It is totally acceptable and even recommended to get multiple quotes for your roofing project. You know your budget best—stick to staying within that range. To illustrate a rough ballpark of what a project might cost, imagine that you need a roof replacement.

We must start off by figuring out how many shingles we need to cover your roof. For that, we will need a little math: Roofs surfaces are measured in “squares.” A square is an area of roof which measures 100 square feet (sq.ft.). You determine the number of squares on your roof by multiplying the width and height (also known as the area) of each plane first, adding the areas of each plane (total area), then finally dividing the total area by 100. The result is roughly the amount of shingles you will need to cover your roof (Owens Corning, n.d.).

Let’s imagine your roof is a gable roof with two planes. Both planes measure 60ft x 40ft. 60 x 40 = 2,400 per plane. 2,400 (Plane A) + 2,400 (Plane B) = 4,800 sq.ft. 4,800/100 = 48 squares. In other words, you will need approximately 48 squares of shingles to cover your roof. Most roofing companies charge $350 to $550 per square (Gentry, 2021). Using these figures, just the price of shingles will range from $16,800 to $26,400 for a 4,800 sq.ft. roof. Keep in mind that this is only for the shingles. We have not looked at other factors that affect price such as trim allowance, roofing material, number of nails to be used, cost of other materials, the steepness of your roof (the steeper it is the more expensive it gets), if there is water damage, if there are chimneys and/or skylights, removal and disposal, labor, and other factors.

The price adds up really quickly. Shop around until you find a company that works with your budget.

Also look into financing options. Some companies offer financing, which can provide you with more options to pay the way you want to.

Time

Person holding hundred dollar bills

How long do the companies you are eyeing take to complete a project? Do not hire a company known for having longer than normal turnaround times. The largest red flag is when a company is reported to have workers arrive to the worksite, work for 2 or 3 hours, then leave the site with some of their equipment still on the premises for days at a time, before returning to work for another few hours and repeating the process. Contractors that do this are also known for being very unresponsive to contact and communication when they are not at the worksite. This usually happens because they are overbooked, so they divide their workdays in whichever way they need to in order to compensate for the overbooking. This slows down their progress on the project of each of their customers, leading to dissatisfaction (and bad reviews). Read an equal amount of positive and negative public reviews (ie: not just the curated testimonials on their official websites) to get a clear and true picture of the contractor(s) you are researching.

Keep in mind that sometimes the above happens for absolutely legitimate reasons. Stuff happens. If your contractor is responsive and a good communicator, they will inform you of delays in a timely manner.

Customer Service

Person holding hundred dollar bills

Excellent customer service should be a cornerstone of any and every business. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case in the real world. That being said, you don’t have to settle for subpar customer service just because you need your roof taken care of. Call the companies you are eyeing and pay attention to details such as how long it takes for someone to pick up the phone, how you are greeted if and/or when someone picks up, and the way they answer your questions. Does the phone representative thank you for calling? They should be. Check reviews to see how well they communicate and how often they update customers on project progress. Are they friendly? Are they respectful? Do they value their customers’ time? Do they leave the property they worked on the way they found it when they first started (or better)? These are all questions to keep in mind while conducting your research.

Finding the right roofing company is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time and effort to do the research. It always seems like there may be better things you can do with your time, but unless you’ve got an unlimited number of money trees growing in your backyard or your own secret underground Fort Knox ala Scrooge McDuck, it’s very painful to part with a cash amount equal to the price of some cars on a roof job that ends in disaster because you picked the first roofing company in an online search listing without doing the research first. Do your research—be at ease and in comfort knowing that you picked a champion.

Our roofing experts at Jireh General Contractors, LLC work all year to ensure that we are here to help you with your roofing needs.

Our roofing experts at Jireh General Contractors, LLC work all year to ensure that we are here to help you with your roofing needs.

Call Us Today to Schedule A Complimentary Roof Assessment!
Call Us Today to Schedule A Complimentary Roof Assessment!

References

Gentry, D. (2021, April 6). How Much Does a Roof Replacement Cost? TK Roofing and Gutters. https://www.tkroofingandgutters.com/blog/how-much-does-a-roof-replacement-cost

(n.d.). How Much Do I Need? Owens Corning, Canada. https://roofingca.owenscorning.com/homeowner/thingsyoushouldknow/howmuch.aspx

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How Do You Pick the Right Roofing Company?

Navigation:Home/Blog/How Do You Pick the Right Roofing Company?
Roof with Orange Tiles

Among the sea of roofing contractors in your local market vying for your attention, which company do you award the gold medal that is your business to? What are the award-winning traits that stand out to you? If you are not that invested in picking a roofing company, you probably should be. After all, you will be spending a lot of your hard-earned money on any kind of roofing project. You do not want to pay out the nose for a shoddy roof job.

So, your interest is piqued, but you’re unsure of the criteria to use to decide your champion in the Roofing Contractor Grand Competition for Your Business™. Please refer below for a few key criteria you can use to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

Cost

Person holding hundred dollar bills

Just because a roofing project is typically expensive doesn’t mean you have to pay any more than you have to. It is totally acceptable and even recommended to get multiple quotes for your roofing project. You know your budget best—stick to staying within that range. To illustrate a rough ballpark of what a project might cost, imagine that you need a roof replacement.

We must start off by figuring out how many shingles we need to cover your roof. For that, we will need a little math: Roofs surfaces are measured in “squares.” A square is an area of roof which measures 100 square feet (sq.ft.). You determine the number of squares on your roof by multiplying the width and height (also known as the area) of each plane first, adding the areas of each plane (total area), then finally dividing the total area by 100. The result is roughly the amount of shingles you will need to cover your roof (Owens Corning, n.d.).

Let’s imagine your roof is a gable roof with two planes. Both planes measure 60ft x 40ft. 60 x 40 = 2,400 per plane. 2,400 (Plane A) + 2,400 (Plane B) = 4,800 sq.ft. 4,800/100 = 48 squares. In other words, you will need approximately 48 squares of shingles to cover your roof. Most roofing companies charge $350 to $550 per square (Gentry, 2021). Using these figures, just the price of shingles will range from $16,800 to $26,400 for a 4,800 sq.ft. roof. Keep in mind that this is only for the shingles. We have not looked at other factors that affect price such as trim allowance, roofing material, number of nails to be used, cost of other materials, the steepness of your roof (the steeper it is the more expensive it gets), if there is water damage, if there are chimneys and/or skylights, removal and disposal, labor, and other factors.

The price adds up really quickly. Shop around until you find a company that works with your budget.

Also look into financing options. Some companies offer financing, which can provide you with more options to pay the way you want to.

Time

Person holding hundred dollar bills

How long do the companies you are eyeing take to complete a project? Do not hire a company known for having longer than normal turnaround times. The largest red flag is when a company is reported to have workers arrive to the worksite, work for 2 or 3 hours, then leave the site with some of their equipment still on the premises for days at a time, before returning to work for another few hours and repeating the process. Contractors that do this are also known for being very unresponsive to contact and communication when they are not at the worksite. This usually happens because they are overbooked, so they divide their workdays in whichever way they need to in order to compensate for the overbooking. This slows down their progress on the project of each of their customers, leading to dissatisfaction (and bad reviews). Read an equal amount of positive and negative public reviews (ie: not just the curated testimonials on their official websites) to get a clear and true picture of the contractor(s) you are researching.

Keep in mind that sometimes the above happens for absolutely legitimate reasons. Stuff happens. If your contractor is responsive and a good communicator, they will inform you of delays in a timely manner.

Customer Service

Person holding hundred dollar bills

Excellent customer service should be a cornerstone of any and every business. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case in the real world. That being said, you don’t have to settle for subpar customer service just because you need your roof taken care of. Call the companies you are eyeing and pay attention to details such as how long it takes for someone to pick up the phone, how you are greeted if and/or when someone picks up, and the way they answer your questions. Does the phone representative thank you for calling? They should be. Check reviews to see how well they communicate and how often they update customers on project progress. Are they friendly? Are they respectful? Do they value their customers’ time? Do they leave the property they worked on the way they found it when they first started (or better)? These are all questions to keep in mind while conducting your research.

Finding the right roofing company is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time and effort to do the research. It always seems like there may be better things you can do with your time, but unless you’ve got an unlimited number of money trees growing in your backyard or your own secret underground Fort Knox ala Scrooge McDuck, it’s very painful to part with a cash amount equal to the price of some cars on a roof job that ends in disaster because you picked the first roofing company in an online search listing without doing the research first. Do your research—be at ease and in comfort knowing that you picked a champion.

Our roofing experts at Jireh General Contractors, LLC work all year to ensure that we are here to help you with your roofing needs.

Our roofing experts at Jireh General Contractors, LLC work all year to ensure that we are here to help you with your roofing needs.

Call Us Today to Schedule A Complimentary Roof Assessment!
Call Us Today to Schedule A Complimentary Roof Assessment!

References

Gentry, D. (2021, April 6). How Much Does a Roof Replacement Cost? TK Roofing and Gutters. https://www.tkroofingandgutters.com/blog/how-much-does-a-roof-replacement-cost

(n.d.). How Much Do I Need? Owens Corning, Canada. https://roofingca.owenscorning.com/homeowner/thingsyoushouldknow/howmuch.aspx