Finding a good contractor is important but typically challenging for consumers who don’t know a thing about the roofing business. 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 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 stay away from them as much as possible, and that is why you have to choose wisely.
The following are points that may be helpful in your search for a good roofer:
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 here for, say, five years, that means they must have been doing great, considering how competitive the industry is.
Permanent Business Contact
Another sign of a stable company is permanent contact information. Try to do a little research. If they’ve had the same business address, phone number and email address for years, that could mean they’re here for the long haul. In fact, that’s a sign of a stable company.
Subcontractors are often paid on a per project basis, which may not be to your best interest. Everyone will be rushing to the finish line, so they can get started on the next job!
Written Contract and Estimate
It’s crucial for all job specifications and prices to be supplied to you in writing. Also keep in ind that established company, being financial stable, do not usually ask for 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.
Check with the Better Business Bureau to know if there are serious complaints filed by consumers against your prospective roofer. 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.
Look for a roofer that offers a warranty, both on workmanship and the materials. If a roofer won’t give you warranty, look elsewhere._
Working with an uninsured roofer is highly risky. They could leave you liable for accidental damage or injuries on the job.
Never skip this part. When you talk to a roofer’s previous clients, you will have a good view of their capabilities and limitations. If the contractor isn’t likely to give you references, it only shows that they’re hiding something. You don’t have to find out. Just search for another prospective roofer.