How to Choose a Quality Roofer
Choosing a high quality roofing contractor is necessary and usually a tough task for those who are unfamiliar with the roofing business. This can actually be crucial if roofing is not a regulated industry where you are.
You have to select a certified roofer who will be around to honour their warranty later on. There are several non-certified roofing contractors who do shoddy work. The usual start-up enterprise typically closes shop in a matter of three years, and could be out of business with a single serious roofing issue.
Here are pointers and questions that are helpful in making a good choice of a roofer:
How long is the roofer’s experience in the industry? An established company will likely stay available later on should problems crop up.
Do they have a physical address, a landline phone, and an email address? Such things are not assurances that a roofer is competent, but they do indicate business stability.
Is the roofing contractor use subcontractors? Subcontractors are typically paid on a per-project project basis, which means workmanship can suffer when everyone rushes to finish the job to accept more incoming projects.
Will there be a written quote and contract, and a requirement to pay a deposit? All job specs and prices must be given to you in writing. With an established comp, you will typically not be required to make a down payment. Deposits are actually quite common, but don’t work with a contractor who asks for more than one-third of the total cost.
See if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce. Focus on the overall business rating and the size of the company when reading complaints.
Is the company licensed and do they have liability and workers’ compensation insurance? They have to be, or you will not have no proper venue filing a complaint in case you have to, and if an injury or property damage on-site, you could be held responsible.
Look for an established contractor who is a member of trade associations and has manufacturer certifications for offered products. A certified contractor is able to offer stronger warranties.
Find a contractor who provides emergency services. An emergency contractor can deal with a serious problem promptly, in or out of business hours.
Ask the contractor for client references. A good one will not hesitate for a second and will even be excited by the thought of you hearing the good news about their work.
Lastly, never pick a roofer solely based on price. You may encounter self-proclaimed handymen who are cheaper to hire but incompetent and unreliable overall.