Take the time to research the individual roofer's history. There are many fly-by-night roofing contractors who are here today and gone within three years. A reliable contractor will have:
|Personal and Business Referrals||Past Customer Referrals|
|Better Business Bureau Membership||Chamber of Commerce Membership|
|Trade Association Membership||Proper Local Licensing|
|More than 3 Years of Business History and Experience||Experience Performing Your Project|
|Regular/Normal Business Hours||A Street Address|
|Longevity at their Business Location|
It's likely that you won't be happy with the finished results if the roofing contractor is inexperienced, sloppy and unable to answer your questions. It's likely that you won't be happy with the finished results if the contractor is inexperienced, sloppy and unable to answer your questions. During the interview process, you'll want to consider the following questions:
In the event of an accident or property damage, an uninsured or underinsured roofing contractor can cost you thousands of dollars. Your roofing contractor should be fully licensed and insured. They should also practice good safety procedures. Be sure to request certificates of insurance and formal verification of:
If a contractor is eliminating or skimping items on the bid to reduce the cost, it may not be in your best interest. Low roofing estimates could indicate:
Most roofing contractors rely strictly on the job-site foreman to be sure the installation is performed correctly. Without supervisors, it is almost impossible to consistently provide high quality installations. Find a contractor that uses an additional level of supervision – someone whose job is to oversee the foreman and crew. Make sure the contractor provides project inspections on a regular basis.
The roofing contract should include all materials and work specified as well as warranty information, terms of payment and a lien release.