6 Details you Must Know Before you Get a Roofing Contractor
Start your roofing search in the right places.
How do you find a good roofing contractor? A good place to start is by asking for referrals. Ask friends and family, your local Chamber of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau or Service Magic. State and local licensing authorities, local trade associations, as well as local suppliers of building products are also excellent sources of information.
Narrow down your search to 3 roofing contractors.
Pick 3 roofing companies to meet with and get all the basics first: business vitals, experience, references and trade affiliations. Pay close attention to the attitude of the company representative. What’s the company philosophy? How does he or she talk about their application techniques and workmanship guarantees? Good contractors take pride in their work and it will show as they talk about their company.
Make sure the roofer has all the bases covered.
- Licensing/Bonding: Get business license numbers and information on the company which bonds the contractor.
- Insurance Coverage: A contractor should carry worker’s compensation and general liability insurance. Request a copy of the company’s insurance certificate.
- Get both professional and previous client references. Reputable roofing contractors will provide credit references, banking information and a list of completed projects.
- Warranties: Contractors should offer both a contractor’s warranty (for installation) and manufacturer’s warranties (for materials).
- Building Permits: What’s necessary? Are there local ordinances, costs and posting requirements?
- Find out who the roofing contractor’s suppliers are, as well as any subcontractors they’ll use. Either pay them yourself or get proof they’ve been paid before paying your contractor.