One of the most important things that you have to think about when you are choosing a specific company for repairing your roof is the price. You want something that is affordable, something you can work into your budget, while at the same time you do not want to sacrifice the quality of your roof just to pinch a few pennies. Over time roofing labor rates have changed, and what you paid fifteen years ago for your last roof may not be an accurate comparison for what you will be paying now. It is also vitally important that you know exactly what you are going to be buying, because no one wants to be charged for a full installation when all you needed was a patch job.
Anything can affect the roofing labor rates on a job, from the pitch of a roof to how many dormer windows you have. Overhang angles, tie-ins, anything that will cause the company to take extra time is going to drive the roofing labor rate up. This is where it becomes vitally important on selecting a contractor. You should always work with a professional contractor, unless you know for a fact that the person you are employing definitely knows how to put up a roof. Say, if someone from the neighborhood tells you that he is a part-time roofer and that he can fix your roof for a cheaper rate than professional contractors, ask him who some of his references are and contact them. Ask about the quality of their roof and how it has stood up over time.
Checking references is an important step in any contractor selection process. Professional contractors may raise their roofing labor rates from job to job, so making sure that their work is worth the price is imperative. You may even want to ask to speak with anyone who was unhappy with their roof, so you can get a proper medium of references. Asking around at a local hardware store or lumber yard is a good way to get a feel for your local roofing labor rates.
You may be wondering how do I know whether I am getting ripped off? If you don’t know what the base roofing labor rate is, how will you know if your contracting company is charging too much or not enough, although I’m sure the latter would not be a problem. Unfortunately, roofing labor rates change not only from one geographic location to another, but from one city to another, and even one job to another. The best way to find a fair estimate of your job would be to invite two or three different contracting companies out to look at your roof and then have them give you an estimate. Out of the estimates you receive, you can decide which of the companies you feel the most comfortable with.
A few Wichita roofing contractors you can try: