How To Compare Roofing Contractor Bids
If you live at the beach and own your own home or commercial building and think you need a new roof, chances are you will get more than one estimate for the work. But how will you know if the contractors you choose are reliable and that their prices are fair. And how do you know if you even need a new roof or if the current roof you have can be repaired. Moreover, are the contractors you are choosing, to give you estimates and professional advice, skilled enough to make all the necessary repairs needed if the sub-roofing materials are in need of replacement and/or renovation.
At Sunrise Roofing we specialize in all types of re-roofing and roof repairs for shingle, metal and our specialty, ceramic tile roofs in Jacksonville Beach and the surrounding areas. We understand that no homeowner is excited about calling in a roofer to solve a specific problem, but choosing the right contractor could make the difference between applying the correct remediation or not. Most roof repairs are needed immediately from either new damaged sustained in a storm or other weather event or are on a wearing roof.
Then there is the exercise of finding a list of possible contractors and of weeding out the good roofers from the marginal ones. Of course, one’s goal is to spend the least amount of money for the best results. Every consumer asks themselves two distinct questions: Is this the right product, service or company to use and did I pay too much for their services.
But how do you identify the professionals from the amateurs?
Get a Professional Contractors’ Written Estimate
Your home, office or commercial roof is too important and the investment it too large for entering into a mystery deal and many roofers offer just that when they estimate a job. If their bid or job estimate comes in the form of a business card, or a piece of paper with a number scrawled on the back, that is a sign it is a risky move.
Most homeowners and businessmen know this and will have second thoughts unless this guy is a friend of a friend or the price looks so good, I can’t refuse the offer to do it so cheaply. The best rule of thumb is to not second guess your intuition. It’s always been true that “You get what you pay for”. You also need to know what you are paying for.
Don’t commit to a contractor without a detailed project proposal outlining the materials they will be using, the estimated costs of remediating any damaged sub-structure and the timeline on the project from start to finish.
Understand Your Options
A great roofing contractor will not only look at your immediate needs, but should ask questions about your long term needs in terms of budget, ownership timeframes and even your lifestyle. And while a professional roofer will recommend their number one strategy for your project, ask about other options like different material usage or costs of materials, updating the look of the roof and types that could be used etc.
At Sunrise Roofing Company we understand it’s not always in the budget to buy the best of everything but that shouldn’t stop you from getting a solid roof that protects your home and family, commercial property and is truly the right investment. This is why as your roofing contractor we always help you explore your options and give you our experienced and professional advice.
Ask the Right Questions Before You Decide – What is Best for Your Home or Office?
The right roofing contractor never pushes a client into what they want, but guides them into what is in the customers best interest. You can tell a lot about a potential contractor by the way they respond to your request for a bid. Did they give you a firm time to examine your roof and did they show up on time? Do they have a professional demeanor and did they present you with a card at the onset? How much time did they spend on your roof and did they in turn ask plenty of questions about what you as the owner were really looking for? The professional manner in which you are treated says a lot about the contractor, their business and their service. Additionally, did they explain all of your options on materials, costs, product quality, warranties and long-term maintenance programs available.
And after all of this, did they make a valued presentation on who they are, how long they have been in business and any referrals or references they could furnish.
At Sunrise Roofing we have always been extremely proud of our completed projects because our standard service is to go above and beyond any competitors’ offerings and we are always available to answer any questions before, during, and after every installation. The way we look at it is, an expert should do more than just install a product well. The best, most professional experts want what’s best for your home, or commercial structure and can help you understand how to make that happen.
Can You Put a Price on Trust?
Our most frequent questions at Sunrise Roofing are on warranty and price and it should really be about trust. How can I trust that your company will deliver the best product and service for the best price? Home improvement projects like roof repairs or replacing an existing roof are big investments. People want to know how we stack up against our competition.
At Sunrise Roofing our response is that our reputation is our warranty. Sure, the manufacturer has a warranty offer but that has everything to do with the product not the installation and service. We offer something above and beyond manufacturing warranties- something you can’t really put a price on when it comes to laying out a project bid. We offer expert installation you can put your trust in. We have over 25 years of experience and hold both a general contractors license and a roofing contractors license. And beyond all of that we are a locally owned and operated company. We are a Jacksonville Beach roofing company but we service the entire area. Our kids go to school here, our family worships here and are employees are professionally trained and overseen by an experienced project manager. We guarantee all of our workmanship and our online reviews reflect our commitment to quality service and most important feature- we are a local company who cares about our neighbors, and we only want the best for your home, commercial building or office.
Give us a call at 904-323-1929 for a free, no obligation roofing estimate.