Choosing a Roofing Contractor
Choosing a high quality roofing contractor is necessary and usually a tough task for those who are unfamiliar with the roofing business. This is crucial, especially if roofers are not regulated in the state you’re in.
You should go with a certified contractor who will remain in business to honour their warranty for a future need. There are several non-certified roofing contractors who do shoddy work. The usual start-up enterprise typically closes shop in a matter of three years, and could be out of business with a single serious roofing issue.
Below are tips and questions that you can use when looking for a competent roofing contractor:
How many years has the contractor spent in the business? An established company will likely be available when you have problems in the future.
Does they have a physical business address, landline phone number, and email address? Such things are not assurances that a roofer is competent, but they do indicate business stability.
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 you be given a written contract and quote, and do you need to pay a deposit? Job specifications and prices should be given to you in written form. An established roofer usually requires no deposit. Deposits are rather common however, but stay away from any contractor who asks for bigger than a third of your project’s full cost.
Find out whether they are registered with the Better Business Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce in your area. Focus on the overall business rating and the size of the company when reading complaints.
Is the company licensed and do they have liability and workers’ compensation 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.
Choose a contractor who will be available during emergencies. This contractor can solve a serious issue quickly, even beyond normal business hours.
Ask the roofer for references of past customers. A good one will never hesitate and will even be eager to have you hear about their work.
Finally, never choose a roofer on price alone. You may meet some self-proclaimed handymen who will be less expensive to hire, but their workmanship is usually questionable.