How to Choose a Quality Roofer
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 usual start-up enterprise typically closes shop in a matter of three years, and could be out of business with a single serious roofing issue.
Below are tips and questions that you can use when looking for a competent roofing contractor:
How many years has the contractor spent in the business? 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? A roofing company’s competence is not assured by such things; however, they are signs of the roofer’s stability.
Does the roofer use subcontractors? Subcontractors are generally paid for each project they work on, which can be disadvantageous when they rush to finish the job to accept another one.
Will you be given a written contract and quote, and do you need to pay a deposit? Job specifications and prices should be given to you in written form. With an established comp, you will typically not be required to make a down payment. 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. Look at the overall business rating and take note of the company size when reviewing complaints.
Is the company licensed and do they have liability and workers’ compensation 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.
Look for an established contractor who is a member of trade associations and has manufacturer certifications for offered products. If you hire a certified contractor, you can get stronger warranties.
Look for a roofer who will work with you in an emergency. An emergency contractor can deal with a serious problem promptly, in or out of business hours.
Ask the roofer for references of past customers. A good one will never hesitate and will even be eager to have you hear 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.