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 can actually be crucial if roofing is not a regulated industry where you are.
You need to go with a certified roofer who will still be in business to stand by their warranty in the future. There are many contractors who have no certification and provide low quality installations and workmanship. The typical start-up business often closes within three years, and when a serious roofing issue occurs, it can quickly go out of business.
Below are tips and questions that you can use when looking for a competent roofing contractor:
How long is the roofer’s experience in the industry? A stable company will probably be around in the future if any issues arise.
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 typically paid on a per-project project basis, which means workmanship can suffer when everyone rushes to finish the job to accept more incoming projects.
Will they give you a written contract and estimate, as well as require a deposit? All job specs and prices must be given to you in writing. 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.
See if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce. Look at the contractor’s overall rating and the size of the business when going through 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.
Find a veteran contractor with trade affiliations and certifications issued by roofing material manufacturers. If you hire a certified contractor, you can get stronger warranties.
Look for a roofer who will work with you in an emergency. 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 not hesitate for a second and will even be excited by the thought of you hearing the good news about their work.
Finally, never choose a roofer on price alone. You may encounter self-proclaimed handymen who are cheaper to hire but incompetent and unreliable overall.