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How To Find And Choose The Best Metal Roofing Contractors

So you've decided to install metal roofing, and now you're not sure if you should do it yourself, or hire metal roofing contractors to handle the task. While there are many websites and books out there that tell you how to do it yourself, hiring a contractor is the easiest and best option if you are not experienced in roofing.

So how do you know which metal roof contractors are the best?

Because your roof is your home's first line of defense against the elements, you want to make sure that your contractor knows what concerns exists in your particular area, and understands exactly how to work with a metal roof. That said, here are 5 tips that will help you choose the right contractor for you.

1. Start At The Top

Contact your local Chamber Of Commerce, or the Better Business Bureau, and ask them if they have a list of recommended roofing contractors who have experience with installing metal roofs. This way, you can start with a list of contractors who have been vetted, and who have all of the necessary licenses and insurance requirements in place.

2. Start Interviewing

Hiring a contractor is no different than hiring an employee, so treat it that way. Double check that they have  all of the required license and insurance, and ask them for references so you can speak to their past clients about their work. Of course, you want to ask them if they have experience with metal roofing, and if they have any pictures of the work they have done in the past.

3. Get Friendly

When you have chosen a contractor, make sure you speak to their actual roofers before the project begins. Ask to meet with them, and make sure you are comfortable with them. They are going to be in and around your house for a week or so, so you want to make sure that you are happy with them being there. They should be polite, and accommodating.

4. Check The Proposal

Ask to see the complete proposal for the job, not just the estimate. You want to be sure that the price you are quoted is going to be as close as possible to the price you are eventually invoiced! See the breakdown of costs, and agree on a set price before anyone starts work. It's a good idea to have researched general prices before you settle on a contractor, so you know the price range for your type of job and can plan (and negotiate) accordingly.

5. Check The Warranty

Finally, you want to get a written warranty from the contractor. You need to know how long they guarantee your roof. When you buy the materials, they will have a warranty on them, usually around 50 years. What you want to know is how long the actual work that the contractor does is warrantied. You don't want to shell out a bunch of money for metal roof contractors, only to find out that they did a shoddy job and you have to pay them (or someone else) again to fix their mistakes a couple of years later.