5 Uses For Experts
Finding a good contractor is important but typically challenging for consumers who don’t know a thing about the roofing business. Not all states require roofers to be licensed, but if you live in one that does, make sure you hire someone who has this credential. A licensed roofer is someone who has passed written as well as practical tests, and who will give you a venue for airing your concerns later on, if any.
There are many roofing contractors who are not certified and have demonstrated low quality installations and just plain and simple poor workmanship. You’ll want to stay away from them as much as possible, and that is why you have to choose wisely.
Below are points that can help you search for a reputable roofing contractor:
One of the first things you’d like to know about a roofer is how long they’ve been in this line of work. If they’ve been here for a while, they may be doing something great, given that the industry is now very competitive.
Permanent Business Contact
Permanent contact information is but another sign of an established company. Do a bit of research. If they’ve had the same business address, phone number and email address for years, that could mean they’re here for the long haul. That’s in fact one of the most classic signs of a stable company.
Subcontractors are usually paid per job, and that can lead to poor workmanship. Everyone will be in a hurry so they can accept the next job!
Written Contract and Estimate
It’s a must that all job specs and prices are given to you in writing. Also keep in ind that established company, being financial stable, do not usually ask for a deposit. It’s common for roofers to ask for a down payment though. As long as it’s not over a third of the total project cost, it should be fine.
Take time to check with the Better Business Bureau if your prospective roofer has any serious complaints registered under its name. Know their rating.
Industry Association Membership
While membership in an industry association is no guarantee of good performance, it speaks of the roofer’s commitment to his business.
Look for a roofer that offers a warranty, both on workmanship and the materials. If a roofer won’t give you warranty, look elsewhere._
Never ever hire an uninsured roofer. You could end up liable, in case there are injuries or accidental damage on the job.
Never skip this part. By talking to a roofer’s past clients, you will know what to expect from them. A contractor who won’t provide references, is clearly hiding something. You don’t have to know what it is. Just search for another prospective roofer.