Selecting a good contractor is crucial but usually hard for consumers who have no knowledge of the roofing industry. Not all states require roofers to be licensed, but if you live in one that does, make sure you hire someone who has this credential. A licensed roofer is someone who has passed written as well as practical tests, and who will give you a venue for airing your concerns later on, if any.
Many roofing contractors are not certified and have shown very poor installations and workmanship. You’ll want to avoid them completely, and that is why you need to choose smart.
Below are points that can help you search for a reputable roofing contractor:
One of the first things you’d like to know about a roofer is how long they’ve been in this line of work. If they’ve been around for at least five years, they’ve probably been doing something great, knowing how competitive this industry has become.
Permanent Business Contact
Another sign of a stable company is permanent contact information. 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 remember that established companies, with their financial stability, will not require a deposit. It’s common for roofers to ask for a down payment though. That’s usually fine, as long as they’re not asking for more than a third of the overall project cost.
Take time out to check with the Better Business Bureau whether your potential roofer has a record of serious complaints from consumers. Know their rating.
Industry Association Membership
Although membership in an industry association is not an assurance of good performance, it is a sign that the roofer is dedicated to his work.
Look for a roofer that offers a warranty, both on workmanship and the materials. If a roofer hesitates to provide such warranty, look for another prospect._
Working with an uninsured roofer is highly risky. You could end up liable, in case there are injuries or accidental damage on the job.
This part can be critical. By talking to a roofer’s past clients, you will know what to expect from them. If the contractor won’t give you references, it only means one thing: they’re hiding something. You don’t have to know what it is. Just look for another roofer.