Whether you’re planning a roof repair or replacement, hiring a reputable roofer is important. Generally, it’s best to work with a local company because this option has more benefits than hiring an out-of-town roofer.
It’s easy to find out if you’re talking to local roofing contractors. You can ask for their physical address and contact details, and then verify the information. Asking about previous jobs they’ve done in your neighborhood can also help. Furthermore, you can search for them online or ask friends and colleagues if they’ve hired the company in the past.
If the roofer is from out of town, you might want to decline and find a local contractor instead. Here are some reasons why it might not be a good idea to hire out-of-town roofers.
They May Be Unfamiliar With the Building Codes in Your Area
Building regulations differ from town to town. Hiring someone from out of town can cause problems later because they may not be familiar with your local building codes and requirements. Choose local roofers to ensure that your roofing project complies with the regulations.
You’ll Have a Difficult Time Resolving Conflicts
Sloppy workmanship and disagreements are sometimes inevitable, but issues can be easily ironed out if your roofing contractor is based in your area. If your roofer is from a different town, it might be difficult to hold the team accountable for their mistakes or shoddy work. If you need to file a warranty claim, it might be hard to get in touch with an out-of-town roofer.
You’re Likely to Encounter Scammers
Storm chasers are roofers that appear at your door after a storm has passed your area. Their usual tactic is to offer low prices to unsuspecting homeowners, collect a down payment or the full payment upfront, and then vanish. Some would do roofing work that appears fine at first, but is actually subpar and won’t hold up once the next storm hits. By then, you won’t be able to contact them anymore.
The Thomas Roofing Company, Inc. can handle all your roofing, siding, gutter and skylight needs. We are a roofing company with several years of experience, so you can expect quality results. To learn more about our services and products, call us at (410) 876-3602. You can also complete our contact form to request a quote. We serve clients in Columbia, Towson and Westminster, MD.