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.
A lot of roofing contractors have no professional certification and has shown low quality installations and overall workmanship. You’ll want to stay away from them as much as possible, and that is why you have to choose wisely.
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 around for at least five years, they’ve probably been doing something great, knowing how competitive this industry has become.
Permanent Business Contact
Permanent contact information is just another indication of a stable company. 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. That’s in fact one of the most classic signs of a stable company.
Subcontractors are often paid on a per project basis, which may not be to your best interest. 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. It’s common for roofers to ask for a down payment though. As long as it’s not over a third of the total project cost, it should be fine.
Check with the Better Business Bureau to know if there are serious complaints filed by consumers against your prospective roofer. Take a look at their rating.
Industry Association Membership
While membership in an industry association is no guarantee of good performance, it speaks of the roofer’s commitment to his business.
Choose a roofer that offers you a warranty on both workmanship and 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. Just one conversation with a few previous clients can reveal a lot about the roofer. A contractor who won’t provide references, is clearly hiding something. You need not know what. Just find another roofer.