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Finding and Hiring a Good Qualified Roofing Contractor


Finding and hiring a Good Qualified Contractor can be a daunting task.  And to find (3) three, the recommended minimum number, to obtain proposals from can be very difficult.  There are many problems when using referral lists of any kind.

Again, there is no way of knowing if your new roof covering will be installed correctly.  Many of the Roofing Contractors on such Referral Lists / Websites and other Websites that Match Consumers with Contractors constantly make many mistakes, oversights, and, some major.  We know because we have inspected many of their roofs for City/ County Building Departments. 

All Referral Lists / Websites, even ones from top Radio and TV personalities, should only be used as a source to obtain some names of companies that perform the type of work you are looking for.  Just because they pay big money to be on the Referral List / Website does not mean they will do the work any better than those who are not on the Referral List / Website.  This is because no one ever inspects their roof installations except for the standard local City/County Building Inspection, which in most cases is not very thorough.  About the only time these referral websites might get involved is after a roofing problem has occurred.  That usually is way too late.

Don't fall for Print/Radio/TV/Website advertisements offering discounts like $500.00 off roof installations.  How do you know they have not just raised their price that amount and have already figured it into their total price just to subtract it out again.  Always get at least three proposals on any job.

Beware of Roofing Contractor representatives who call themselves Hail Inspectors, Hail Damage Specialists, Hail Repair Specialist, Insurance Inspectors, Insurance Claim Specialists, Insurance Claim Advocates, Hail Experts, Storm Experts, etc.  Most are Salesmen interested only in making the sale.  Also, beware of companies who say they will handle your insurance claim and do the roof for whatever the insurance company pays them or the companies who ask you to sign an authorization for them to handle your claim.  Most are simply "Storm Chasers" whether they are local Contractors or from out of town.  (See our web page Hailstorms - Hail Damage.)

All Contractors make mistakes.   It does not matter how small or large, or how long they have been around, or what their reputation is - they all make mistakes and more frequently than you would think.


Solution to Finding Good Qualified Contractors

This presents quite a problem if all of the above are not very good ways to find Good Qualified Contractors.  Using any of these methods is okay to start with, that is to at least get the names of some Contractors who install new roof coverings, but we recommend going a step or two further to weed out the not so good Contractors and the ones that might not be the best fit for your community.

Start by sitting down and clearly write a Request For Proposal (RFP) including some Guidelines of what you want and and how you want the job to go.  If the RFP/Guidelines are written well you will have a better chance of getting back apples to apples Proposals.

Then before you send out your RFP/Guidelines check the names of the Contractors that you have found to see if they are a member of one or more of the following Roofing Contractor Associations.  See if they are involved and participate in the associations as a board or committee member.  However don't use this as your only gauge.  There also are Good Qualified Roofing Contractors that are not members of any association.

Colorado Roofing Association                            
Western States Roofing Contractors Association
National Roofing Contractors Association          

Check with the BBB to see if the Contractors you are looking at have any outstanding complaints and how they have handled ones they have had.

Call Local Roofing Supply Companies and ask them questions about the Contractors you are interested in using.

Call your City/County Building Department to see if they currently hold a License or if they have held Licenses in the past for roofing there and if not, call one or more Cities/Counties near your residence.   A Building License for roofing may not be renewed in each City/County unless the Contractor has current work there or there is a potential for work.  Using a Local Contractor is helpful to avoid some Storm Chasers who may not have the Consumers best interest in mind.

Then after doing your do diligence, send your RFP/Guidelines out to the Contractors you are thinking of using.

Try to be on site when the Contractors come by to look at the job and take note of what and how they gather information, measurements, and what questions they ask, etc.  If they do not come by the job site and inspect the existing roof covering and only provide you with a Proposal using  measurements taken from apps and looking at the property through online maps then cross them off your list.

There really is no point in asking Contractors for references.  Obviously, they will only give you the good ones.  Instead, ask each of them to provide at least one, two is better, jobs where they are currently installing a new roof covering.  Then we recommend you go by and watch and ask questions if need be.  You will find out a lot more than you would from references.


All that being said, the only way to greatly increase the chance of having a good quality roof installation
 is to
use our Roof Inspection Services

Using our Roof Inspection Services may cost you a few dollars now but will save you
hundreds maybe thousands of dollars, headaches, and possible litigation now and in the future.
(See our Roof Inspection Services web page.)

We perform Roof Inspection Services only.  We do not sell or install roofing products or represent any
 roofing materials or installation companies
~ so there is no conflict of interest.


Visit our Roof Inspection Services web page and the many other web pages throughout this website to find
answers to your roofing questions and solutions to your roofing problems.


Page Revised/Updated 2/27/2023