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4 Traits of a Good Local Roofing Contractor

Posted on: September 28, 2015

4 Traits of a Good Local Roofing Contractor

You’ve heard stories of roofing projects gone wrong as a result of a poorly chosen roofing contractor. How do you navigate through the unqualified roofing contractors? Here are a few signs of quality local roofing contractor traits to look for.

Training or Certification in Brand-Name Products

Any roofing contractor can say they know a product or frequently install it, but it’s another thing to have undergone training and certification in big-name brands like GAF. Knowing how to work with a specific material makes a contractor knowledgeable in installation and application to ensure you benefit from a long roof lifespan and the manufacturer warranty.

A Strong Portfolio

To know how your project will be completed, look to the projects your contractor has finished. Portfolios can also reveal a specialty: if a roofing company has served large new construction companies, you can feel confident they know their way around new construction. Similarly, if the sales representative tells you they’re experts in commercial roofing but all the projects on their website are residential, you have reason to worry.

A Confidence-Building Warranty

What kind of warranty is the company promising? Is it the warranty you’re looking for, or one that’s just “okay”? A roof is an investment, and in order to feel confident that your investment is protected, you need a roofer willing to back up their work. Look for long-term warranties on products and craftsmanship. If only the materials themselves are under warranty, you could still lose money on a poorly installed penetration or single-ply system. 

References, Reviews, Accreditations

Is the company accredited by BBB? Are they rated on Angie’s List? Look for contractors with reviews you can find. A business with no recommendations is a red flag. Check for local testimonials and read them carefully to see what exactly impressed the client. Was it a quick turnaround, integrity, or thorough workmanship?

Learn more about Chinook Roofing to see if we’re the local roofing contractor for your roofing project. See our green roofing practices and reviews from real customers.



Chinook Roofing & Gutters is a Tacoma roofing company that provides installation and maintenance of roofs and gutters in Puget Sound area cities, including our home base of Fife, as well as Gig Harbor, Puyallup, Milton and more. We are experienced with a wide variety of roofing types, including composition roofs, cedar shake roofing, metal roofing and more. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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