At some point, your roof will require repair or replacement. Whether you will be hiring a roofing contractor for roofing repairs or roof installation, there are some steps you can take to ensure that you get the best roofing company for the job:
Research the Roofing Contractor’s Reputation
Hiring a roofing company is like hiring an employee for the workplace; your goal is to find a roofing contractor you can trust. Consider the roofing contractor’s reputation for quality roofing work and jobs completed.
First, check with your Better Business Bureau regarding complaints, and look for online reviews that provide information about the contractor’s past work. If you need a new roof because of a natural disaster, keep in mind that some people see an opportunity to make a dishonest dollar and start roofing businesses to scam money from desperate homeowners.
Ask the Contractor for References
A roofing company should not have a problem with your contacting past customers to ask their opinions. It is also worthwhile to visit homes where the contractor has repaired or replaced a roof to see the quality of the work.
Ask for Proof of Licensing and Proof of Insurance
Ask the roofing company for proof of licensing and insurance. Like other home improvement contractors, a licensed residential roofing contractor falls under the oversight of state or county regulators that issue the license. The contractor should also provide proof of insurance coverage for problems arising from the roofing work. Workers’ compensation and liability insurance are vital to ensure that employees injured on the job can apply for workers’ compensation benefits.
Make Sure the Contract Is Complete
The contract should contain reliable contact information for the contractor, including the name, address, and phone number. The agreement should provide a detailed description of the work. It should include what the contractor will do, the materials the roofing company will use, how much the job will cost, and the start date and completion date. The contract should also explain warranty coverage and who will handle warranty issues — the contractor or the materials’ manufacturer.
Warning Signs to Look Out For
When interviewing contractors to handle your home roofing, you may find some who will ask for the payment upfront, claiming to need the money to purchase roofing materials. That is a red flag. Others will try to pressure you into signing a contract immediately.
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