Roofing is a process you may not be familiar with until it becomes time to replace your own roof. There is a lot to learn about which products to use and what procedures best meet your individual roofing needs. Therefore, it’s important to select an experienced contractor who can give you good advice about those products and procedures that may be new to you.
When choosing a roofing contractor for your home, you should seek out multiple candidates with the proper licensing and a great business reputation in your area. Below are some tips to help you select the right roofing contractor.
Insurance is a must.
A contractor should carry comprehensive liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance to protect you in the event of a roofing accident.
Choose local contractor that is licensed.
Make sure that the company has an established business and reputation in the community, and has the required business licenses to operate in your state. Ask for customer testimonials and references from past customers, or even photos from recent projects so you can see the quality of their work.
Never choose a company based on price.
Price is not everything. Cheap bids from contractors that may not have proper insurance or experience drive down the market. In the long run, you get what you pay for. You ultimately end up spending more money to fix problems that would have been covered under a warranty by a reputable established roofing company.
No down payment required.
We suggest that you find a company that does not require payment until the work is complete. A new roof can be an expensive investment so make sure that you are satisfied with the result and that the terms of payment were discussed prior to the job and adhered to by both parties.
Make sure to ask the following questions when selecting a roofing contractor:
- What is the full name and address of the company?
- Does the company carry insurance?
- Is the company a licensed or credentialed contractor?
- How long has the company been in business?
- Will the company provide referrals or references from previous jobs? Ask for photos of completed work, or testimonials from recent customers.
- What is the company’s workmanship and product warranty? The length of the warranty is less important than the intent and ability of the roofer to stand behind his warranty.
- What is included in the estimate? You want to make sure you are comparing apples to apples when it comes to different estimates from contractors.
- Obtain a contract or detailed proposal in writing from the roofing contractor that will provide explicit information regarding the project.
- Information to ask for should include the length of the project, daily start and end times, roofing materials to be used, safety procedures, the amount of payment and payment schedule, and clean-up methods.