Those who live in areas with heavy storm activity likely know the drill. A large storm hits and less than 24 hours later, the neighborhood fills up with storm chasers, fly-by night roofing contractors, out-of-area roofing companies and even scammers. There is one way you can make sure that you avoid these companies that may not have your best interests in mind, and that’s by going local.
Why You Should Choose a Local Roofer
Choosing a local roofer has multiple benefits. Number one being you will be able to gather more information about a local company. When it comes to finding a roofing contractor, knowledge definitely is power. When you’re looking at a local roofing company you can more easily find their years of service, reviews and what your other neighbors thought of them, a definite leg-up in choosing any contractor.
Local companies will often know your neighborhood as well. With their local knowledge a roofer will automatically know local building codes and ordinances, what types of roofing materials are appropriate for your climate and environment, and even neighborhood rules like Homeowner’s Association rules and regulations.
You can also find out if a local roofer is registered or certified with any local organizations. This could include local consumer oriented resources or your local Better Business Bureau. Registration and certification with these local organizations will show that a local company has their act together, and will do a great job for you.
Out of town roofers and storm chasers may be able to get you a good deal and many of them will do a good job, but there’s one thing storm chasers cannot do and that’s be around when something goes wrong with your roof down the road. It can be very difficult on a homeowner when they have a small leak but when they call their roofer, they’ll find that they are already two states over and won’t be able to do anything to help the homeowner out. When you choose a local roofer, you can have the peace of mind to know they are a quick phone call away if something goes wrong.
Of course, nothing helps out a community more than going local. So when it comes to your roof repair or replacement, it is always in a homeowner’s best interest to choose a local roofer.