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  • Josh Weber

How to Find a Reliable Roofer in the Lehigh Valley.

Are you needing a Lehigh Valley roof replacement or repair but do not know where to start?

There are many ways to put your mind at ease. Compare the insurance, warranties, and qualifications of the professionals working in your home. Are they experienced? Have they completed approved work in your neighborhood? Check their insurance and if they are willing to provide references. We have provided you with a checklist to get yourself on the right track.

Tip #1 - Ask as many questions as needed.

Do not be afraid to ask questions before you accept any estimate or quotation. Do they have the know-how of the correct materials to use? Do they pay close attention to quality and detail? What warranty do they offer, and is it a proven after-sales service? Roofers in Lehigh Valley should always be professional and transparent. The warranties provided are only as good as the contractor providing them.

Tip #2 - Does the contractor have insurance that specifically covers roofing and sub-contracting?

It is vital to check their liability and workers comp insurance and confirm that it covers roofing. Ask for industry certifications and who their insurance carriers are before you accept their estimate. Do they use outside subcontractors? And if so, are the subcontractors also certified and qualified? Do their credentials reflect professionalism? Do the prime contractor's insurance cover acts and installations performed by underinsured subcontractors? Only a very small percentage of roofing contractors have proper insurance.

Tip #3 - Is the contractor local?

A successful roofing contractor will have first-hand knowledge of the conditions and local building codes in your neighborhood and address your concerns with confidence. Many local municipalities like Whitehall and Allentown require separate business licenses to install roofs in these areas. Make sure the contractor pulls permits and provides copies of them. Check reviews and recommendations with your neighbors. Check bad reviews as well as good ones.

Tip #5 - Don't decide on your contractor based on the price.

Choosing a contractor in the Lehigh Valley can be scary. Not all bad contractors are cheap but all good contractors are not. The cost of doing business in Pennsylvania for a contractor with all the correct insurance, certifications, and training will have significantly greater cost than those that do not. It's easy to compare prices only, but with a little bit of digging you may be able to avoid costly damages in the future.


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