How to Find a Roofing Contractor
Finding a professional contractor who deserves to be trusted may seem difficult – but it’s possible. The following are useful tips you should remember while you search for a contractor who will repair or replace your present roof:
Ask around for local referrals.
Choosing a contractor from your community reduces the risk of dealing with issues or scams. They know more about local rules and code regulations, and maintain business relationships with area crews and suppliers.
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Check your prospect’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating.
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There are contractors who show up right after a storm hunting for work, so you have to look them up on the BBB website and see if they have a good score. Avoid contractors who are not in the BBB’s database.
Get a comprehensive warranty.
Not all contractors can provide manufacturer warranties which include coverage of the workmanship of the contractor. If a contractor installs the roof wrong, it can take months or years for the problem to show up, and insurance won’t take care of it. If the contractor will not fix it (or worse, has gone bust), your only option is to be responsible their mistake yourself.
Be concerned regarding safety.
A contractor with no training or safety program is probably not the best one for your job.
Ask the contractor if they have proper licensing and insurance.
The contractor must have insurance for each employee and subcontractor and be able to show a copy of their insurance certificate for verification. Having inadequate insurance can lead to litigation between a homeowner and contractor if a roofing employee accidentally gets hurt while the job is ongoing. In most cases, states require licensing for contractors, but that hasn’t stopped unlicensed contractors from trying to do roofing work. If you’re in a state in which licensing is required, make sure your contractor can give you a copy of their license so you can verify their status on the web.Make sure you pay your deductible. If a contractor says that will handle the repair without you having to pay their insurance deductible, they are committing insurance fraud and putting you, the homeowner, in danger. As the insured, the insurance deductible is your responsibility, and the contractor must reflect that in the quote without padding the estimate to cover all or a portion of the deductible.
Don’t succumb to pressure.
Be cautious with a contractor who tries to pressure you to sign a contract prior to the insurance company’s assessment of the damage. There are contractors who will say can accept anything that your insurance firm settles upon, but being the homeowner, you need to be sure that the amount is fair enough.
Check out two or three prospects rather than just one.
The idea is to have a few contractors you can compare so you can see which one indeed is the one for you. Focusing on just one prospect, you may never know what it is you’re missing.