Choosing a Roofing Contractor
Selecting a certified and topnotch roofing contractor is a must and often a challenging task for homeowners who are not so knowledgeable about the roofing industry. This is crucial, especially if roofers are not regulated in the state you’re in.
You need to go with a certified roofer who will still be in business to stand by their warranty in the future. There are several non-certified roofing contractors who do shoddy work. The regular start-up venture is usually closed in as short as three years, and could instantly be out of business because of a roofing problem.
Below are tips and questions that you can use when looking for a competent roofing contractor:
How long has the roofer been in the business? An established company will likely stay available later on should problems crop up.
Does they have a physical business address, landline phone number, and email address? These things do not guarantee a roofing company’s competence, but they are signs of an established roofer.
Is the roofing contractor use subcontractors? Subcontractors are usually paid per project, which can lead to in poor workmanship because the job will likely be rushed to accommodate other projects.
Will there be a written quote and contract, and a requirement to pay a deposit? All job specs and prices must be given to you in writing. Stable companies generally do not need a deposit. Deposits are common though, but be careful with those who request more than a third of the project’s total cost.
See if they are listed at your local Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau. Focus on the overall business rating and the size of the company when reading complaints.
Is the roofer registered and are they covered by workers’ compensation and liability insurance? They have to be, or you will not have no proper venue filing a complaint in case you have to, and if an injury or property damage on-site, you could be held responsible.
Hire an established contractor with strong industry ties and manufacturer certifications for the products they offer. If you hire a certified contractor, you can get stronger warranties.
Find a contractor who provides emergency services. An emergency contractor can deal with a serious problem promptly, in or out of business hours.
Ask the contractor to give you references of previous clients. A good one will not hesitate for a second and will even be excited by the thought of you hearing the good news about their work.
Lastly, never pick a roofer solely based on price. You may meet some self-proclaimed handymen who will be less expensive to hire, but their workmanship is usually questionable.