For hiring a roofing contractor, be sure that the one whom you do is certified for this job. This task, needless to add, involves a high degree of risk. Hence, one must take full precautions of giving it to a contractor who is capable of handling it. Even small time errors in this piece of work may eventually result in roof collapse later on. Also, the contractor should give you safety and insurance guarantee in written when you sign the contract. Such things may seem trivial in the first go, but assume a lot of importance in case events go wrong and a case has to be filed.
Usually, the most often found harm from a storm is to the roofing which can later on result in water leak. This, in turn, will cause mold formation and weaken the structuring further. Make sure that after any windy evening out, you check your roofing for any signs of damage. Take care about loose shingle tabs, any cracks, broken missing tabs, any buckling which has been caused by the storm et al. Also thoroughly inspect vents, chimneys and other structures made on the roofs. Also check on the attic for any roof leaks.
Most of the time, these issues are minor and can easily be sorted out with coats of roofing cement and nails. But if you are going in for a complete renovation package for the roof, be sure to have a storm-hardy roof installed. Be sure however to not go at it alone and by yourself to do roofing work. Roofing contractors can get the raw material to do so at lesser costs than at what you would. They also have the necessary tools to do the repair work.
The time you spend on roofing yourself can be much better utilised for a piece of work which may be more useful for you. If you are a first hand at this work, it will consume all the more time and one can never be sure of the end results, whether they were worthy of the effort which went into it.
Contractors for the job will also have access to reasonable labor which will help in this work. One needs good and experienced hands who will enable this work to be done in a proper and professional fashion. Also you do not want to be that first-timer who is dealing with labor for such an important job. They will get the opportunity to take you for a ride, be in terms of asking for higher costs or of the time involved for such work.
Also, you can catch the contractor if anything goes amiss soon after the work is completed, if you have the relevant documents signed at hand. Contractors can also be approached for related jobs, at discounted rates in the future, after they have done one project with you. If you establish a good rapport with a contractor at the first go, he or she surely will give you a better deal later on for another job you want done.