Durability is the number one factor in determining what material to use for a new roof, but reliability should be the number one factor when looking for a roofing contractor.

If you've had your asphalt roof for upwards of 12 years, it may be time to replace it. However, before you do anything, you should hire a reliable roofing contractor to oversee the job, and here are five tips to help you do just that.

Double-Check Credentials

Any roofing contractor that you hire should have a phone number, a physical address that you could visit in person, and insurance. Without these three things, you may be dealing with a scam. Any reliable roofing companies will do whatever they can to ensure you're satisfied with their credentials before working with you.

Get References

If the company has a list of clients they've worked for in the past, ask if you can give them a call. If you were referred by a friend, ask them about their experience with the company, and how satisfied they were with the job as a whole. Similarly, if a friend or family member tells you to steer clear of a roofing service, then you probably should heed their advice.

Obtain a Contract

Approximately 72% of homeowners want a roof material that requires little maintenance, and your roofing contract should also be hassle-free right out of the gate. A licensed residential roofing service will provide you with a detailed contract that lists completion dates, materials, price breakdown, and scope of the project, among other things.

Stay Local

While hiring a reputable big name isn't a terrible idea, it's always better to stick with a local presence. An established local company implies that they've satisfied customers, and that they don't plan on going anywhere soon. Make sure not to hire any roofing service that is run from the back of a truck!

There are currently more than 50,000 companies involved in the installation of roofing and siding, but the one you pick should ultimately meet all of these criteria. While it may narrow your pool of options a little bit, the quality of work and reliability will be well worth the extensive search.