8 Tips on Finding a Top Roofing Contractor

Sep 19, 2012 No Comments by

Since getting a new roof on your home is a major investment, you should only select a roofing contractor after doing careful due diligence. This includes asking all the right questions and satisfying any doubts you may have before you make a final choice.

Here are several things you should go over with a potential roofer:

– Get and check references. Many homeowners either do not get references or get them and fail to follow-up. Make sure you contact everyone on the list that the contractor has given you, and be wary if the roofer is reluctant name names.

– Obtain the contractor’s business address, phone number, tax ID and business license (if required in your state). This ensures that the roofer is a legitimate and reliable business owner. After you have done this, check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been registered against the contractor.

– Check requirements on whether roofers must be bonded in your state to conduct business and if so, ask the contractor if he has met these licensing rules. You can get this information at: http://www.contractors-license.org/.

– In order to protect against possible lawsuits from workers injured on-site, check to see that the contractor has proof of liability and workers compensation insurance. This insurance needs to be in effect for the entire time the contractor’s crew are working at your home.

– Ask the roofer to provide you with the guidelines they follow for safety and oversight, including any education they provide their workers. The more knowledgeable the crew, the less likely they will be injured on-the-job.

– Find out exactly how many workers will be working on the roof installation job and how much experience they have, along with the name and credentials of the person who will serve as project supervisor.

– Get a copy of the warranty for the job and make sure you understand all of its terms. It should encompass workmanship and the guarantees attached to the products the roofer will be using, such as tiles, shingles or underlayment.

– Since installing roofing is complicated, often a manufacturer will require approval for a contractor to install their particular system. Make sure the roofer you are dealing with has such approval.

These are just some of the things to keep in mind when you are vetting professional roofing contractors and will help ensure that you select one who is tops in their field.

Home Improvement, Roofing

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