Finding a roofing contractor who is trustworthy, honest, and professional can be difficult and tricky. Especially when it’s about something as important as a roof. Here are 5 tips to help you make the best choice:
1. Check for proper licensing and insurance.
This might not seem like it, but it is a big deal. Working on a roof is dangerous and it’s important for the job to be done right the first time. Otherwise, you might be paying a lot of money for corrections of bad or sloppy work. While most states require proper licensing, unlicensed contractors often still attempt to do roof work. If your contractor does not carry insurance and an employee gets hurt on your roof, it could potentially lead to litigation. Your contractor should have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and be able to demonstrate a copy of their insurance certificate for validation.
A professional roofer can provide proof of the following:
- State licensing for roof work
- Insurance coverage
- Worker’s compensation
2. Get local referrals and look at online reviews
It’s always best to look at how past clients talk about their experience with a contractor. Contractors from your community will know the code regulations and might have relationships with suppliers as well. There is less change for scams or potential issues when you look for someone local and known.
3. Make sure to get an extended warranty
If a contractor installs your roof incorrectly it can take months to appear. If your contractor won’t fix it your only option if to pay for their mistake yourself. It’s important that your contractor is able to offer manufacturer warranties that include workmanship coverage.
4. Don’t rush to sign anything
Before you sign off on any work, make sure you know exactly what your insurance company estimates the damage to be. Your contractor should then also thoroughly examine your roof to make sure the insurance adjuster didn’t miss anything.
5. Materials matter
What your roof is made of will likely have a big impact on the resale value of your home. Sort through your options and pick materials that are well suited for your location and style. Your contractor should be able to give a variety of options to choose from.
Implementing these 5 tips will save you a lot of time and potentially money on your roofing project. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you with your roofing needs, give us a call at any time at 303-789-1107 – we’re happy to help.