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Choosing a Contractor

Tips for finding experienced metal panel contractors

So, you've decided you want a new metal roof to protect your home or business. How do you choose a roofing contractor that you can trust? We work with some of the best metal roof installers and we’ve compiled this list to help you find the right fit for your project.

1) RESEARCH REGIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS

  • Ask friends and neighbors who have recently replaced roofs for recommendations.
  • Call your local roofing material suppliers for recommendations.
  • Search the Internet and read reviews to find out which companies do a great job and which contractors draw complaints.
  • Make sure the contractor you choose has a local address. You want to make sure they are around if you have any issues.

2) NARROW YOUR OPTIONS

  • Make sure each contractor you consider has experience installing the roofing material you want. Metal panels, asphalt shingles, and cedar shakes require separate skills that not all contractors have.
  • Ask for proof of insurance and licensing.
  • Ask for references from past clients. 

3) GET A ROOFING QUOTE

  • Make sure you get at least three different quotes.
  • Compare those quotes to see what each contractor includes. One estimate may be higher because they include tearing off the old roof, disposing of old materials, and a stipend for replacing damaged or rotten plywood substrate.
  • If your quote doesn’t cover these steps, you can ask the contractor for the additional cost to include them.
  • Ask each contractor for estimated time lines of project completion.

4) MEET WITH YOUR CONTRACTOR TO DISCUSS DETAILS OF YOUR ROOF REPLACEMENT

  • Decide on a start date.
  • Set a reasonable end date for the installation and clean up to be finished.
  • Set a payment schedule. It’s a good rule of thumb to set the final payment when work is complete.
  • Decide where materials should be dropped off and how much space the contractor and crew require to work.
  • Discuss any warranties on product or workmanship.
  • Include all of these decisions in your contract.

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