Roofing Buying Tips

Buying a new roof is an expensive purchase. It is most likely one of the largest expenses you will make on your home .That is why it is vitally important that you hire a reputable and trustworthy company to handle your roofing job.

This is especially true during the Oklahoma storm seasons. Each year, many Oklahoma homes are pelted by hail storms or face the wrath of tremendous Oklahoma winds. These natural forces can do a lot of damage to homes.

Each year during storm season, a number of fly-by-night roofing companies pop-up and try to get people to hire them for their roofing needs. It is very important that before you sign anything you research the company to ensure you are doing business with a legit business. Below are 10 things you should do to research any roofer before you sign the dotted line or pay anything.

1. Call Angie’s List at Toll-Free 1-866-943-3951 or visit them online by clicking here. This service will cost you less than $5 for a one-month membership or about $20 for the entire year. You can then log in and read real roofing company reviews from other people in your Oklahoma city or town. Research the company you are considering. If they have poor ratings, find a different company. If the reviews are average or good, continue with your research.

2. Make sure the company is incorporated in the state of Oklahoma. This can be verified by calling the state corporation commission or visiting the website at www.sos.state.ok.us and clicking on the Sooner Access button. This service will cost you $5 by phone or online to verify the company is filed and up-to-date.

3. Check with the Better Business Bureau. This is a free option. Simply find the local BBB office or visit the national website and run a check. If no listing is available, this could be a red flag.

4. Ask the company to provide three customer references and then check them out. Call each one and ask thorough questions. If the references are out of state or out of your local area, this could be a red flag or if you cannot reach them or they seem fake.

5. Ask for a copy of their liability insurance. You want to verify they have proper coverage.

6. Check with your homeowner’s insurance agent. Ask him or her to checkout the company too. Many times insurance agents work with a lot of roofing and construction contractors and are familiar with them.

7. Search the company’s name in Google, Yahoo and Bing to see if any customer reviews come up. If the company is established, it will have listings in many online phone books where consumers can leave negative reviews. Read these Reviews carefully.

8. Ask to see a copy of their roofing contract. Be cautious of any verbage that requests large upfront deposits or requires additional funding if the project costs more than the estimate.

9. Call Service Magic at toll-free 1-866-944-3796 and ask them to run a check on the company.

10. Ask friends and family their opinion. They might be able to recommend a different company or help you evaluate the company you are considering.

Go with your gut. If the sales person is overly pushy or you feel like something is off, tell them no and find a different company.

The bottom line is there are plenty of good, qualified roofing companies out there. If you do your homework and research a company properly, you will greatly decrease your odds of getting scammed.

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