Selecting a good contractor is crucial but usually hard for consumers who have no knowledge of the roofing industry. Some states don’t require roofers to have a license, but if this credential is required where you live, then find someone who has it. A licensed roofer is someone who has passed practical as well as written exams, and who can guarantee you a venue in the event that you have complaints later on.
A lot of roofing contractors have no professional certification and has shown low quality installations and overall workmanship. You’ll want to avoid them completely, and that is why you need to choose smart.
Here are points that can help you choose a good roofing contractor:
One of the most basic things you want to know about a roofer is how long they’ve been a roofer. If they’ve been here for, say, five years, that means they must have been doing great, considering how competitive the industry is.
Permanent Business Contact
Permanent contact information is just another indication of a stable company. Get into a little bit of research. If they haven’t changed their business address, phone number and email address for years, that could be a sign that they’re here for the long haul. That’s in fact one of the most classic signs of a stable company.
Subcontractors are generally paid per project, and this can work against you. Everyone will be in a hurry so they can accept the next job!
Written Contract and Estimate
It’s a must that all job specs and prices are given to you in writing. Also keep in ind that established company, being financial stable, do not usually ask for a deposit. Roofers typically ask for a down payment, however. That’s usually fine, as long as they’re not asking for more than a third of the overall project cost.
Take time to check with the Better Business Bureau if your prospective roofer has any serious complaints registered under its name. Know their rating.
Industry Association Membership
Membership in an industry association does not guarantee good performance, but it tells you that the roofer is committed to his profession.
Pick a roofer that provides a workmanship and material warranty. If a roofer will not provide such a warranty, move on to your next prospect._
Never ever hire an uninsured roofer. They could leave you liable for accidental damage or injuries on the job.
This part can be critical. Just one conversation with a few previous clients can reveal a lot about the roofer. If the contractor won’t give you references, it only means one thing: they’re hiding something. You don’t have to find out. Just search for another prospective roofer.
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