Once Santa Claus shows up at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, his next stop could very well be your rooftop. But is your roof ready for everything that winter brings to the East End? And how do you choose somebody to make sure? Mike Scrivano of M. Stevens Roofing offers his expert insights.
The Question: I’m looking to have some work done to my roof, but how do I choose a professional roofer?
The Answer from M. Stevens Roofing: A Professional is generally recognized as a person who has a specialized body of knowledge, has received intensive training in a particular field and has hands on experience. There have been many changes in the roofing business of roof systems to help customers make the best decision for their roof and budget. Of course, you want to make sure your roofer is fully insured and has a safety program.
As the customer, you should always require references to verify a proven track record and keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night contractors seem attractive due to their below-cost bids, but are often uninsured and perform substandard work. Remember that price is only one of the criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship should also weigh heavily in your choice. You want somebody who is reliable, gives free estimates and guarantees all work will be completed by them, in a timely manner.
Have questions or concerns about your roof as winter approaches? You can contact Mike Scrivano at M. Stevens Roofing at 631-345-2539 or mstevensroofing.com for a professional evaluation.