How to Pick a Roofing Contractor
Picking a properly certified and excellent quality roofer is important and typically hard for consumers who don’t know much about the roofing industry. This is crucial, especially if roofers are not regulated in the state you’re in.
You need to go with a certified roofer who will still be in business to stand by their warranty in the future. There are several non-certified roofing contractors who do shoddy work. The regular start-up venture is usually closed in as short as three years, and could instantly be out of business because of a roofing problem.
Here are pointers and questions that are helpful in making a good choice of a roofer:
How long is the roofer’s experience in the industry? A stable company will probably be around in the future if any issues arise.
Do they have a physical address, a landline phone, and an email address? Such things are not assurances that a roofer is competent, but they do indicate business stability.
Will the contractor hire subcontractors? Subcontractors are usually paid per project, which can lead to in poor workmanship because the job will likely be rushed to accommodate other projects.
Will there be a written quote and contract, and a requirement to pay a deposit? Job specifications and prices should be given to you in written form. An established roofer usually requires no deposit. Deposits are actually quite common, but don’t work with a contractor who asks for more than one-third of the total cost.
See if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce. Focus on the overall business rating and the size of the company when reading complaints.
Is the roofer registered and are they covered by workers’ compensation and liability insurance? They should be, or you will not have a proper venue to lodge a complaint when necessary, and if there is an injury or property damage on-site, you might be held liable.
Find a veteran contractor with trade affiliations and certifications issued by roofing material manufacturers. A certified contractor is able to offer stronger warranties.
Find a contractor who provides emergency services. An emergency contractor can deal with a serious problem promptly, in or out of business hours.
Ask the contractor for client references. A good one will be more than willing to give you some and let you listen to first-hand accounts about their work.
Lastly, never pick a roofer solely based on price. You may meet some self-proclaimed handymen who will be less expensive to hire, but their workmanship is usually questionable.