The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the weather and any other time Mother Nature pays a call.
It only makes sense to take the best care of your roof possible, which includes hiring the best roofing contractor possible. The latter is often challenging if you’re not sure what to look for in a roofer. What sets a good roofer apart from all the rest usually comes down to the following reasons.
1. It’s Locally Owned
Why should you choose a locally-owned business when it’s time to repair or replace your roof? For one, the best local companies strive to develop lifelong relationships within their community. For another, you can expect more personalized service from a roofer who knows his customers and lives in the same town.
Moreover, you typically can expect better customer service from a smaller, local company than one in which you have to navigate through several layers of voice mail before speaking to an actual person.
2. It Has the Highest Rating With the Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau rates companies – of any size – according to a detailed set of criteria, not the least of which is the number of complaints filed with them against a business.
The BBB also rates each company on whether how they respond to complaints and if they make a good faith effort to resolve the complaint. They also look at how long a company has been in business.
Midwest Exteriors Plus, for example, has an A+ BBB rating – the highest rating of all. They have served the Twin Cities area for over 40 years.
3. Licensed, Bonded, & Insured
Roofing companies in Minnesota are licensed by the Minnesota Department and Labor & Industry, which requires businesses to meet standards such as professional conduct and ongoing education.
Your best bet is to hire a roofer who’s transparent when it comes to business practices. They should follow all local and state regulations, laws, and codes. Also look for a company which has liability insurance and worker’s comp. You don’t want to bear financial responsibility for work-related accidents because the company isn’t insured and bonded.
4. Lifetime Workmanship Warranty
It’s always wise to take into account the type of warranty your roofer offers. In general, a company who is confident in the quality of their work provides better warranties than other companies. Consider the following details when evaluating a company’s warranty.
- The length of the warranty – Look for companies who offer extended warranties, such as those which cover your roof for its entire lifespan.
- Is the warranty transferable – The best warranties are transferable, i.e., they can transfer to the new homeowner when selling your house.
- Labor and material cost – Look for a warranty which covers material defects as well as the labor required to repair or replace those defects.
5. Earth Friendly
The best companies are often those with a serious commitment to preserving the environment. For example, Midwest Plus Exteriors recycled over 900 tons of shingles in just one year.
6. Storm Damage Specialists
Storms are a fact of life, especially in the Twin Cities. You need more than just a roofer with experience in dealing with storm damage. Your roofer should also understand the insurance claim process from beginning to end and have experience working with insurance companies.
7. Is the Contractor Certified?
You can tell a lot about a company’s quality by its certifications. Midwest Exteriors Plus is a GAF Master Elite Contractor and one of only five Owens Corning Platinum contractors in Minnesota. Because of this, they can offer better warranties than other roofers.
8. Office With a Showroom
Companies with an office and a showroom generally have a better professional reputation than those who don’t – such as a roofer working out of a truck.
9. Superior Workmanship
You naturally want to hire a roofer who is superior in every way, not the least of which is workmanship. Midwest Exteriors Plus is committed to ongoing professional training and to remaining current with best practices, which helps ensure quality roof repair and replacement.
10. Fair Prices, On-Time Service, and Thorough Cleanup
You always want to work with a roofing contractor who provides competitive pricing to go along with the highest-quality work. It never pays to hire a company who cuts costs by using low-quality materials.
It’s also important to choose a roofer who gets the job done within the agreed-upon timeframe. They should also thoroughly clean your yard and surrounding area after the work is completed.
If you’re looking for a roofer who meets all of the above requirements, look no further than Midwest Exteriors Plus. We have the experience, craftsmanship, and commitment to our community which sets us apart from other companies.