Buying local – why choosing the correct roofing contractor is important

It can be awfully overwhelming any time home repairs are needed.  Not only do you have to deal with the actual problem, but you also have to find a quality contractor.  Putting the care of your home in someone else’s hands can be scary enough without worrying about whether or not they’ll do the job right…or at all.  Everyone seems to have a friend with a nightmare story about a contractor who vanished into thin air, but there’s no need for that to happen to you. When you’re considering larger projects like a new roof the last thing you want is to worry about who you choose as your roofing contractor. Here are a few tips to consider when deciding whom to trust with the roof over your head.

1. Location, Location, Location

Look for companies that are local to where you are.  This means that they value the recommendations of the community and stake their reputations on it.  You should also check to see how long the business has been in the same location, too. A business that jumps around might be up to something shifty.  George J Keller started his business in a garage in Flanders, NJ and has never been far away from where it all began.

2. Longevity

You want to look for a company that is established in the neighborhood.  The professional contractors at George J Keller have been in business for 40 years in the same town.  This means that they and their employees have home-grown roots with strong ties to the community. Their expert contractors and roofing professionals live there, too, so they take pride in their work and reputation.

3. Better Business Bureau Rating

Long regarded as the be-all, end-all of rating companies, a high rating by the BBB indicates that you’ll have much less to worry about when it comes to repairs. George J Keller earned an A+ score for its longevity, licensing, transparent practices, and lack of complaints.

4. Ask for References and Licenses

A reputable contractor will have plenty of people who should be able to provide glowing recommendations for service, professionalism, and quality of work.  When you call on these references, don’t forget to ask about the budget, timeframe. You might even be able to ask to see the work performed to get a better idea of what you’ll be seeing.  Additionally, make sure your contractors are licensed and certified. The roofing pros at George J Keller at GAF Master Elite Roofers (among the elite 3% of roofers!), James Hardie certified installers, and authorized Andersen and Marvin window installers.

5. Get It in Writing

Make sure to get several estimates from a variety of professional contractors.  This will make it clear to you where the outliers are. And be certain to obtain all of those estimates in writing!  Without that, it can be confusing and what you were verbally quoted might not be what the paper shows.

Overall, a reliable roofer and contractor should be a company that you would call over and over again – but hopefully, you won’t need to!  If you have a project you’re considering, or just preparing for the future, reach out to the top roofing and home repair experts in New Jersey.  Visit them on the web at gjkeller.com or call 973-927-0963 to set up your first meeting and get the peace of mind you deserve.