5 things to know before you choose a roof contractor

October 22, 2014

To find the right roof contractor, there are a few things you need to know before you choose. Here are some tips to help steer you in the right direction.
Whether you’re putting on a new roof or replacing an old one, you need a roofing contractor that’s professional, properly insured, offers warranties, uses quality materials, and is well established.

5 things to know before you choose a roof contractor

Helpful tips on choosing a roof contractor

When it comes to choosing a roof contractor, you need to be informed. Here are a few questions you should always ask your potential roof contractor:

  1. Are you insured and licensed?
    Your roof contractor should have adequate liability insurance and worker’s compensation to protect your home and their employees from accidents. Ask for proof to be sent to you directly from their insurers. Don’t just take their word for it.
  2. What associations do you belong to?
    Various roofing associations, the Better Business Bureau, and a local Chamber of Commerce set certain standards that roofers must meet. Know which association your roofer belongs to and whether or not they are in good standing with them.
  3. What are your workmanship policies?
    Workmanship policies cover any issues that may arise after the job is complete. Most warranties last about one year, but some can be longer. However, what’s most important is a roofer who stands behind their guarantees. Ask past customers about their experience with your roofer’s warranties. How did the roofer handle customer complaints? Did they perform warranty work on time? Would the past customer say the roofing contractor is trustworthy?
  4. How long have you been in business?
    If your roofing contractor has been around for several decades, this could be an indication of the quality of their work. Furthermore, an older roofing company has a permanent business location, indicating stability. An older company may also have a larger base of past customers who can vouch for them.
  5. Do you provide written estimates and contracts?
    All specifications and prices of your roofing job should be provided in writing. Find out if they require a deposit. Be wary of any roof contractor asking for more than one third of the cost of the overall project upfront.

Be sure to compare a number of roofing companies in your area to get the best offer possible before you choose. Shopping around and conducting your own research will help you save money.

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