How to Find a Qualified Roofing and Siding Contractor

Sometimes a homeowner needs to find a roofing and siding contractor because their home needs a major exterior upgrade. Not all roofing contractors install siding, and not all siding contractors install new roofs or do roof repairs. Some contractors provide both services and this can save homeowners time by working with one contractor for both jobs. Just because a contractor does perform both services doesn’t mean that he or she is qualified. It’s important to do some background research to check on a contractor’s qualifications. In Connecticut for example, there are contractors serving the Hartford, Bristol and Avon, CT areas that offer exceptional credentials, such as GAF Master Elite contractor status. Wherever one lives it pays to find contractors with top credentials before signing any siding or roofing service contracts.

Contractors that offer credentials such as the GAF Master Elite contractor credential can help people weigh their service offerings versus those of other contractors. If a contractor doesn’t offer such a qualification, that doesn’t necessarily mean he or she does poor work. However a contractor that goes above and beyond to attain such a credential shows homeowners that he or she really cares about quality. In addition to offering quality workmanship, the top contractors also perform roofing and siding jobs using the very best materials, such as GAF roofing shingles. Therefore a homeowner that identifies contractors with the highest qualifications usually saves time on looking for siding and roofing experts who also use top rated materials.

It’s important to not only find a roofing and siding contractor (if one needs both jobs done) but also important to find someone who has experience working on the type of home that one owns. For example, if someone owns an historic home, then the prospective contractor must have experience working on older homes, especially homes from the same era as the homeowner’s home. For example, siding on an historic home will need to be carefully selected and installed to help maintain the architectural character of the home. Often roofing selection and installation on these homes also needs careful consideration; i.e. some of these homes require particular types of shingles that will complement the period look of the home.

Too often people select roofing and siding contractors based solely on price. This can be a big mistake because the cheapest contractor may not be the one who does the best work. It’s always a good idea to get at least three estimates for large jobs like roofing and siding. Homeowners should take some time to make the crucial decision of selecting a home remodeling contractor. The siding and roofing that’s installed should last at least 20 years, and with superior materials, can last even longer, if properly installed. While it’s a good idea to ask friends and family for referrals, this should only be a starting point. Homeowners need to do their due diligence to find contractors with professional credentials. Their home is likely their most important investment, so finding a true expert to install siding and roofing is worth the time.

Jeff Templeton offers his opinions on roofing and siding contractors based on his work experiences for a Connecticut roofing and siding company.

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