When it comes to choosing a contractor for your roofing or siding needs, there are many, many contractors to choose from in the Twin Cities. Of course, you want to be sure you are selecting a first-rate contractor that fits your needs and budget. But as this is most likely not your area of expertise, we are here to help you learn the characteristics of a high-quality contractor and what they can do for you and your home.
Not only are quality contractors always correctly licensed, but they also have an ethical responsibility to their craft. When contractors receive their license(s), we take an oath; an oath we at 22nd Century Roofing take seriously. Another reason for having these license(s) is essential is it is needed to obtain work permits; permits are required by each city to help ensure a contractor is following proper city guidelines and codes. This is important because, as a homeowner, you want to rest assured knowing the work being done on your home is being done correctly.
A top-of-the-line contractor will be able to provide unquestionable expertise and typically employs a team of experts. Having a team of experts works to a homeowner’s benefit as this crew works together on each project. Meaning, the contractor is continually using the same labor and knows they can consistently guarantee high-quality work. They know what to expect from the crew as they know their team well and can provide continued training to keep learning and improving as the industry grows and changes.
Ideal contractors bring strong brand relationships to the table. Why does this mean, and why would you, as a homeowner, care about this? It means they are always networking within the industry and creating and maintaining meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with other professionals from companies we value working with. For example, at 22nd Century Roofing, our preferred manufacturers are Mastic, James Hardie, and Owens Corning; and our preferred suppliers are Beacon, ABC Supply Co., and Edco. We work closely with them to maintain the solid relationships that allow us to provide and work with the best products and services at the best cost for our company and the homeowner.
Another thing a high-quality contractor can provide is research and resources. And s/he should show up to meetings prepared with that research. Contractors have access to resources (some of which are public records), and they need to know which resources to use when. For example, by searching public records, anyone can find out when a roof was last replaced (no guessing here) and if permits were pulled when this work was done. If permits were not obtained, it is necessary then to determine whether or not the work was done correctly. (You want work permits to be pulled as, again, in addition to knowing the work on your home is being completed accurately, this can save you when it comes to insurance claims.)
Good contractors take pride in their credibility, continuing their education, and continuously learning what’s new in the market to improve what is already known. They shouldn’t be stuck in their ways. Instead, they should be dedicated to and excited about learning, growing, improving, and always trying to better themselves and their team. That is how we face each day at 22nd Century Roofing – excited to connect, learn, grow, and improve for ourselves and our customers.
If you are looking for a high-quality contractor to provide you with a free consultation, text, email, or call us to set up your appointment.