How to Choose a Quality Roofing Contractor For Your Home
When replacing your home’s roof comes to the top of the must-do list, it’s important to know how to choose a quality roofing contractor. A new roof represents a major investment in your home and only a qualified professional should be considered if the job is to be done properly, completed on time and last a long time.
The first consideration when getting quotes from local roofing contractors is to always check that a company has a valid and current license to do business. It’s also a good idea to see if the company is a member of any roofing trade associations, the local business chamber or has had any complaints lodged against it with the Better Business Bureau.
It is important to choose a company backed by years of experience as well as a permanent location which ensures that the company will stand behind any product guarantee in the years ahead. An itinerant roofing company may offer a cheaper price, but once they are gone after the job is finished, there is no guarantee they will even respond to any questions or calls regarding repairs. It is a good rule of thumb to only consider businesses that have a track record in the local area of at least five years.
Verify that the contractor under consideration for the roofing project has enough liability coverage as well as worker’s compensation coverage for their employees. Be sure that the job will be handled by a foreman and employees of the company rather than sub-contracted to another unknown firm whose expertise or work quality is either unknown or questionable.
Meet with the contractor at your home to inspect the site and ask about the time frame for the roofing project, what warranty is provided, daily work and clean up procedures, the kinds of products recommended for the roof, what the fees involved cover and how payment is required.
Any qualified roofing contractor will be more than happy to provide you with references of past customers who have been satisfied with their work. They can also provide you with the addresses of local roofing projects they have recently worked on so you can see their craftsmanship firsthand rather than just relying on photographs or word of mouth.
Never agree to a contract with a roofing contractor without everything spelled out in writing, including the exact work to be done, the agreed upon dates for starting and completing the project, disposal of any created refuse materials, warranties or guarantees on the new roof, as well as payment requirements.
Compare the bids of three different companies before making your final selection. Don’t agree to make any payments or sign any contracts unless the roofing contractor provides you with a detailed contract spelling out the project and the agreed upon fees. By following the above checklist, your chances of being satisfied with your new roof and its lifespan is greatly improved.