Originally Posted by Ed the Roofer
Interview several contractors who have a long standing reputation and solid local references in your local community and choose the one who you feel will provide the best job for your needs.
Local reputation is important!!!!
Roofers taken as a general group have a terrible reputation in the trade. I treated all mine fairly and them me as well on my projects. Mine had crews they knew, even those doing quick tear offs.
Gypsy roofers swarm on hail damaged neighborhoods and will disappear if even mediocre work gets done. Never to be seen again. Work is done by the labor pool who show up with a pint or bottle Irish Rose if white. The Hispanic workforce is alright and responsible. Whatever you do, get a contractor's license number and actually check it out to see if it is real. Hopefully your insurance carrier will do this but trust details important to you to nobody else is my motto.
If you have the patience. I would unbundle at least the gutter and siding work from the roofing work. The roofer will just sub it out anyhow.
All these folks will be busy if your area got hit bad by hail. If you can wait out at least repair of cosmetic damage you will find everybody more calm and more price negotiable.
Sadly, you are out $500 but the roof is the hat on your house protecting all else. Just watch your safe hailing record from now on. If the insurance company finds that you continually drive your house into acts of nature situations, they will try to up your rates. Here is a bone you should toss your insurance agent's/broker's way. If you are not, you should be carrying at least a $1M umbrella policy on your home and cars. It is dirt cheap.