How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

Messing Roofing and Construction is a professional roofer that is highly experienced in installing, repairing, and replacing roofs of all types. We want to help you have a good roof, so we outlined some of the most important things to consider when hiring a roofing contractor.

A homeowner who needs roofing services and thinks he can save money by employing the most inexpensive roofing contractor, is only asking for trouble. Similar to any product of service, you get what you pay for. Opting for the cheapest roofing contractor could put your family at risk; this is one of the most important parts of your home. When you choose the right roofing contractor, they will afford you a safe and protected home with a beautiful roof.

Selecting a professional roofing contractor with extensive experience cannot be emphasized enough. If you want a roof that will last, then the right professional should install it. Even a strongly-built roof will require maintenance, eventually have issues, and will need repair.

However, any roof that is installed by an inexperienced contractor can show signs of failure long before its expected service life. Consequently, some costly problems will arise with your roof, which can result in expenses higher than the initial reduced-price investment.

Have an Initial Interview

Choosing a roofer by simply looking at his estimate and comparing his prices to those of others without talking to him is like buying a car without a test-drive. However, when speaking with a representative you will get answers to the many questions needed to make an intelligent decision.

When interviewing a roofing contractor, you can learn about previous work and see the results personally. Your first impression of a roofer can reveal how he handles a project – confidence, pride, and enthusiasm will often result in great work. Finally, you’ll discover if the roofer knows what he is talking about.


Does the roofing firm carry insurance?

Licensed and Credentials

Is the company licensed? What are their credentials?


How long has the firm been in the roofing industry?

References & Portfolio

What are past projects that the company has completed? Can they provide references?


What is the warranty policy?


How do they handle customer complaints?

Previous Client Interviews

It is also a great idea to interview some previous clients to cross-check the information obtained from the company.

Deadlines Met

Did the roofer perform his work on a timely basis?


How responsive was the roofer when asked for information and changes?

Sincerity Level

Did they show sincere interest over the customers’ interests and concerns?


Can the company be considered trustworthy?

Evaluate the Estimate or Proposal

In proposals, options can be presented in the typical range of good, better, and best. Studying these documents can help you determine whether a roofer is right for the job.


An estimate is a typical offer of a single price, generically describing the roof including the type of material and color, with no options. Although a legitimate form of information, it is not consumer-friendly as fewer details are given.


A proposal is a more comprehensive outline of an offering. It is a tentative agreement for a project, providing products and services presented along with brand, prices, features, and even designs. Other provisions of a proposal may include changing order conditions and financing options. In proposals, options can be presented in the typical range of good, better, and best.

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Study the Contract and Ask for Additional Details

To avoid misunderstandings caused by contract disagreement, you should study the contract intently, carefully considering all pertinent details of a job. Although most contracts for roofing jobs are simple and straightforward, you should read all of the specific items to avoid future issues. More experienced contractors may have longer, more detailed contracts. Regardless of the form of the agreement it is in your best interests to know the provisions such as:

Compliance with Local Codes and Ordinances


Product Options



Other Important Considerations

Happy Customers

"Your crew members were ROCK STARS! They were efficient and cleaned up the jobsite every day. I will be recommending you guys to my neighbors."


Peoria, Illinois

"Thank you so much for sending Mr. Washburn our way. He and his team did an incredible job. It's like all of the damage never even happened! I would have thought it a MIRACLE had I not seen it with my own eyes. Messing is Awesome!"

Mr. & Mrs. S. Latta

Peoria, Illinois

"I want to extend a big thank you, with much gratitude,... for taking on the huge challenge to replace the roof on my... house.... Thank you for listening to my needs and not telling me my house is just old and difficult to care for. All homes need a safe and proper roof, whatever the age of the house."

J. Stall

Peoria, Illinois

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