Buying a new roof is a huge, but important, investment. It is imperative that you choose a contractor who is going to do a thorough job so you are not having to spend thousands of dollars repairing costly mistakes made by a poor contractor.
Not all contractors are alike, and it is important that you pre-qualify a roofing contractor to ensure that the job is done right the first time. Below are some tips on choosing the perfect contractor for the job.
It’s a good idea to make sure your contractors have a physical business location, tax ID number, appropriate contact information (such as a business number and email address), and a current business license.
Make sure they have insurance. Most states require contractors to not only be licensed but also insured. If your contractor is not adequately insured, you may be held liable for any accidents or bodily harm that occurs while they are working on your property. Make sure their license and bond meet your state’s specific standards.
It is important that the company you choose is financially stable. They should be able to provide you with an accurate quote upfront as well as regular invoices for work completed. Don’t be afraid to ask for current financial information for the company.
Ask around for reviews of the company. Find past clients and make sure they were satisfied with the work done on their house.
Do not agree to hire a company until they have given you a detailed quote that includes the anticipated start and completion dates, as well as payment disbursements.
You can also check with the Better Business Bureau and see if the company has any complaints filed against them.
Make sure you know of any relevant warranties on your roofing system and what actions may void them.
You should be able to ask for a list of roofing manufacturers that the contractor is approved to work with. Some roofing systems require special installation. It is better if your contractor is familiar with these manufacturers.
Make sure you know who will be supervising your project, as well as the employees that will be working on your property. It is important to choose a company that values worker safety.
Remember the rule, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Super low bids and quick turnaround are something to be wary of, as it can be an indication of an uninsured contractor that will do substandard work. You should strive to find a contractor that exudes professionalism and quality work.