4 Reasons Why You Should Use a Local Roofing Contractor

November 23, 2018


Whenever we need something done to our house and begin the search for a contractor, a quick


Google search reveals the countless number of contractors who are more than happy to give a




Some of them are local, some are regional, and some are national.


So which is the best?  


Ultimately there is no “magic potion” that will give you the answer.  Customer reviews, company


integrity, and other factors should play into your decision.  


But whether you need a roofing contractor or your plumbing fixed, here are 4 reasons you


should consider moving forward with a local contractor to do your work.


They know the community


Have you ever felt belittled by a salesperson because they came from out of town?



Did you ever feel like


someone in a


company’s customer


service department


just “didn’t get it”


because they were in


an office building


several hundred


miles away?


This frustration of not being properly understood is a common experience, and it is often


compounded by companies and salespeople who don’t understand the community and culture


in which they are working.


One of the big advantages of local contractors near you is the satisfaction that they will better


understand the project and how to develop it in your region.


This can be as simple as knowing the best hardware places to pick up supplies, or it can be larger


issues like knowing people on the zoning committee if you run into a permitting issue.


They can provide faster service


This point is common sense based on simple geography:  The closer your contractor is to you,


the faster he can get there.


Sadly, sometimes local contractors are slow to respond, so having a local contract is not a


guarantee of faster service.


However, a local contractor will often be able to address your needs faster for several reasons.  


Maybe they are already down the street on another project, maybe they drive by your place on


the way to the shop, or maybe a few of their workers live local to you and can stop by on the way


home from work.


Whatever the case may be, a contractor close to you will probably be able to address warranty


issues faster than a company with the nearest base several hours or several hundred miles




They have a reputation to protect


While many national or large regional companies have good reviews, there are many stories of


large companies that come into an area, make the quick buck doing poor work, and then move


on to the next region leaving many unhappy customers in their wake.


Because they are a large company that can move, this business model can actually work in the




However, if you do work with local contractors in your area, then it is a different story.


A local contractor who does shoddy work or has poor customer service will quickly gain a bad


reputation.  Through word-of-mouth, your neighbors, and maybe even local news, people will


quickly learn to avoid that contractor.


And because the contractor is local, he can’t simply move to another state to conduct business.


Local contractors


who work in a


specific region are


aware of their


reputation, and they


usually do


everything they can


to protect it.


And what happens as a result?


Usually it means the local contractor will want a relationship with you, do good work, and take


care of warranty issues.


And yes, there are local contractors who do want the “easy business,” so you will still want to


make sure you pick a contractor with a reputation that you can trust, even if they are local.


You can find local customer reviews faster


This one can be huge.  If a national contractor is doing business in multiple states and towns,


then it can be difficult to find someone local where they have worked.


Your main resource becomes online reviews from other customers, and while these can be very


helpful, they don’t always show the details of the workmanship or the whole story.


Looking for local


contractors in your


area will help you be


able to find a


contractor with


customers in the


local area, and


therefore make a


more informed decision.


For example, let’s say you have some roof repairs and need to find an asphalt shingle roofing


contractor.  A national contractor can show you a lot of nice pictures, reviews, and the whole


sales pitch, but finding a local roofing contractor will give you the benefit of actually seeing some


of their work in your neighborhood and nearby.


Not only can you see their craftsmanship, you will also be able to talk to the homeowner and


client personally to hear about their experience.  


Remember that not every regional or national contractor is bad, and not every local contractor is


automatically good.  However, picking a local contractor to do your work does come with


advantages that can help you make a wise decision that you won’t regret.


If you are looking for a local roofing contractor in the PA, DE, or MD regions; then contact the


crew at JMK Roofing LLC today!  


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