Residential roofing at construction site using fall arrest systems with roof tiles by roofing contractors.

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

A roof is one of the most important parts of your property. Keeping it in the best condition possible is important for the protection of your home and everything you own inside your home.


It can be a daunting task to choose a roofing contractor in Ellisville or Ballwin, but when you are ready to replace an old roof, build a new roof, or repair defects in your existing roof, follow these steps to select a qualified roofer.


1) Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and where applicable, a business license.


2) Don’t hesitate to ask a roofing contractor for proof of insurance. In fact, insist on seeing copies of his liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverage is in effect through the duration of the job. If a contractor is not properly insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur on your property.


3) Look for a company with a good reputation that offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied. You also can check with the local BBB to make sure the company is in good standing.


4) Insist on a detailed, written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures.


5) Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge of your project, how many workers will be required and estimated completion time.


6) Contact the Better Business Bureau to check for possible complaints filed against the contractor.


7) Carefully read and understand any roofing warranties offered, and watch for provisions that would void it.


8) Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night contractors’ below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured and perform substandard work. Remember, price is only one of the criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism, experience, and quality workmanship should weigh heavily in your decision, because these qualities do not come cheap.


At Absolute Exteriors, we meet or exceed all of these requirements and look forward to working with you on your roofing project. We are hardworking, honest, reliable, and provide affordable roofing solutions. Give us a call today.

10 replies
  1. Jocelyn McDonald says:

    The shingles on my home were recently damaged in a violent hail storm, and now my roof is in desperate need of repair. Your article had some great tips for choosing a roofer that could help us me repair or replaced my damaged roof, and I liked how you said to when hiring a contractor, I should insist to see copies of their liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. This way I wont be held liable for any accidents that might happen during the project, and I’ll keep this in mind when choosing the roofer best for my home.

  2. Jocelyn McDonald says:

    A storm recently passed through my town and tore a lot of the shingles off my home, leaving it in desperate need of repair. Your article had some great tips for hiring someone that could help me fix my roof, and I liked how you said to make sure to get a a detailed, written proposal and check for complete descriptions of the work, approximate starting and completion dates, and payment procedures. Thanks; I’ll keep this in mind when choosing a great contractor to repair my roof.

  3. Millie Hue says:

    I like that you pointed out that it would be best to seek a company with a good reputation, and they can be found through checking the BBB website and calling their references. I will share this tip with a friend of mine who I accidentally met at the grocery store this afternoon. She told me that she needs to get their roof repaired because it has been damaged by the hailstorm in their area.

  4. Sophia James says:

    Thanks for pointing out that checking the BBB will help us hire a contractor that is clean and has a good reputation. I will definitely follow your advice to hire a trustworthy company. We just need to get our roof repaired because it rained hails yesterday which caused some dents and holes on it which we saw when we checked it this morning.

  5. Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for these tips for finding a roofing contractor. I’m glad that you mentioned you should find a company that has a list of completed projects. I’m kind of interested to learn if you can actually see these completed projects yourself, especially if you want to see the quality of their work.

  6. Taylor Anderson says:

    One of my friends is thinking about starting a business of his own once he graduates. If he does, he’ll probably have to start out in a smaller, older office. This might mean that he’ll need to do basic repairs, like the roof. It was helpful when you mentioned when hiring a roofer, one should make sure that they have proof of insurance, as this will help keep both parties safe if something goes wrong. Thanks for the great tips on hiring a roofer.

  7. Sarah Smith says:

    I really appreciate your advice to only hire roofers that can show you copies of their liabilities coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Several of our shingles fell off the roof the other day and the roof has started to leak. Your advice will help us find an elite residential roofing contractor to fix it.

  8. Tiffany Locke says:

    I like your advice to check the roofing contractor’s permanent place of business and get their phone number. This would be useful if you ever need to contact or meet with them. Having their address would also be useful to ensure you choose a roofing contractor that is close to your home so that they can get to you quickly for any services you need so that the repairs and other can be done as soon as possible.

  9. Erika Brady says:

    Your advice to find an insured roofing contractor that has a good reputation in your area would be useful. In order to find one, you might want to read online reviews and talk to people you know. This could help you learn about the services and experience of local roofing contractors and check to ensure they have a good reputation so you can trust them to provide quality work.

  10. Bree Ward says:

    It’s true that keeping your roof in good condition will protect everything you own inside your house, and finding the right contractor can be hard. It’s a good thing that you suggested effective ways on how to choose the best roofing contractor. I will suggest this to my sister who is currently building her custom house.


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