Choosing a contractor for a job on something as important as your roof can be a daunting task. There are so many roofers out there hungry for your money, but they may not be the right company for the job. Or worse, they may take advantage of your situation and scam you out of your hard-earned paycheck.  Here are a few ways you can steer clear of the scammers and hire a reputable contractor. Take Advantage of Referrals Referrals are an excellent way to choose a great contractor. Friends, family, and your neighbors who have gotten their roof done will either speak wonders or horrors of their experience. If they had a positive experience, chances are, you will too! Research Online Sites like the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, and Angie’s List have your best interest at heart. They collect information, reviews, and monitor a company’s licensing to ensure that you have all the information you need to make a sound decision.  Don’t forget to go on their website to see how long they’ve been in business, customer testimonials, and the types of jobs they perform.  Ask for Documentation If a company is legit, they’ll be able to show you that they’re licensed, bonded, and insured. Don’t be afraid to ask them for proof of this, a reputable company will happily give you proof. When you look at the papers, make sure they’re working in the state they’re licensed for. It’s not uncommon for roofers to take advantage of a recent natural disaster in a different state. It’s always best to work with a roofer that’s local. Check Manufacturer Warranties The best contractors are registered with the manufacturer of the roofing materials they will be using on your roof. Both the materials and workmanship should have warranties and guarantees. You should also make sure that the contractor is experienced with materials you want to be used on your roof. Most roofers are experienced with shingles, but not all are experienced with uncommon roofing materials such as clay tile, metal, wood, or slate.  Review All Paperwork When you’ve finally chosen a short list of contractors, have them come out and provide you with an inspection and estimate. These are typically free among reputable contractors. Make sure that the damage assessments are similar. If one is outlandish and has much more “damage” found on it, they’re trying to milk your wallet. Estimates and level of damage should be similar between inspections. The estimate needs to cover the cost, length, materials, warranties, and permits for the job.  Crest Exteriors is licensed, bonded, and insured with over 15 years of experience, excellent customer service, a number of phenomenal testimonials, and registered with CertainTeed Shingles.  Call us at 855-316-7663 for a free inspection today!