Are you considering installing a metal roof for your Michigan home? Not a bad idea considering metal roofs tend to last seven times longer than a traditional roof and are up to 25% more energy efficient as well. Not to mention, metal roofs offer great protection in areas with a lot of snowfall like Michigan. Still, how do you decide between all of the roofing contractors out their and their seemingly attractive installation offers? Choosing the right roofer for your home can be a challenging and confusing task, which is why we’ve put together a list of 7 things you should consider when picking a metal roofing contractor.
1) Always Choose a local Michigan Contractor
Make sure that the company you decide on is a respected local MI roofing company. This means they aren’t just operating locally, but have an established business and reputation within the community. More often than not, customers will experience an issue within the warranty period only to find out the company that installed their metal roof has either closed, moved, or vanished. It’s easy to provide a warranty, but the warranty is only as good as the longevity and reputation of the metal roofing company.
2) There Is More To Metal Roofing Than Price
Never choose a company based solely on price. Any reputable roofing company has overhead, materials, labor, and insurance to cover in their costs. If the price seems to good to be true, it probably is because the company is cutting corners somewhere. Those that do roofing work on the side or work out of a truck can always do the job for less, but you get what you paid for. Customers that use price as their sole criteria often end up paying more in maintenance and repair fees then they would have had they chosen an established metal roofing company.
3) Insurance Is A Must
Ask to see certificates and call insurance carriers to validate them. It’s good to ensure your metal roofing contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance so that you can keep all bids on a level playing field. This way you know part of the cost of the metal roof and the service being provided to you is protected with the security of coverage.
4) Avoid ‘Storm Chasers’
You’ll want to stay clear of the door-to-door, “We were just in the neighborhood” salesman. Often times these contractors are operating some kind of scam. You should definitely be weary of any salesman that emphasizes that your new roof could be entirely covered by your insurance agency. A majority of these roofers will tell you that you have some kind of storm damage and push you to sign a letter of intent for repair. Avoid pressure by forceful tactics at all costs. You never have to sign an intent letter. Instead pick metal roofers based on referrals or a sign in your area that has a satisfied client on the other end. Talk to your insurance agent and ask for advice on how to proceed in getting repairs. Review all of the contracts in front of you and make an informed decision.
5) Job Details Must Be In Writing
You’ll want to have all of the specifics of the metal roofing project covered in writing to protect yourself from anything that could go wrong. Make sure to ask what size crew they will be working with and what their estimated date of completion is. We’d highly suggest not paying any funds until all of the work is complete. Make sure you’re satisfied with the results and that terms of payment were discussed prior to the job and adhered to by both parties. This actually transitions nicely into the next important tip.
6) Communication Is Everything
It should be a huge warning signal if a company can’t communicate effectively early on. Did they return your calls? Did they send the documentation you asked them to? Did they follow through? If you’ve answered no to any of these questions then you’ll want to communicate your concerns to the company representative.
If the contractor still can’t make good, then it’s time to walk away. Communication is a key component to any type of business, especially metal roof installation. If you aren’t getting what you need when a company is trying to earn your business how could you possibly get what you want when you hire them?
7) Understand the Warranty
It’s not uncommon for a repair or installation company to refrain from offering warranties, but having a warranty is always ideal. Make sure to read the warranty for your project in full and check for understanding with your Michigan metal roofing contractor regarding any actions or exceptions that may possibly void the warranty.
About Majic Michigan Metal Roofs
Majic Michigan Metal Roofs is a family owned and operated home improvement company based out of Wixom, MI. Majic has always placed a large emphasis on quality and customer service. Where many roofing contractors cut corners, Majic adds features and enhancements to ensure Michigan homeowners are completely satisfied with their new metal roof. Browse the rest of our site to learn more about Majic Michigan Metal Roofs and our line of metal roofing products. Whether you’re a homeowner in Ann Arbor, MI, Grosse Pointe, MI, or any place in between, Majic can install the roof that lasts a lifetime on your home.