Having a new roof installed is a major renovation, which is why extreme care should be taken when hiring a contractor. If you’ve recently experienced storm damage, there are so many things to think about that the process can seem overwhelming at times. This checklist for hiring a roofer can be very beneficial when it comes to choosing a contractor.
Narrowing your Options
Begin by narrowing down your options to three or four contractors. Do this by performing research on different companies online to find out more about them. Ask for recommendations from friends and family members or even building material suppliers in your local area. Check with the Better Business Bureau to find out which companies have received complaints so you can scratch them off your list early on.
Once you have narrowed down your options, you can then begin verifying certain information such as:
Contractors and/or business licenses
Insurance coverage, to include worker’s compensation
Membership in local roofing associations, if any exist
You should also find out how long a company has been in business, the type of warranty offered, and process for screening employees in order to ensure you are dealing with a reputable contractor.
Estimates and Contracts
Not all estimates are equal, so it’s important to know what’s included in each one when comparing. Some things you should be sure of are:
Quality of materials
Whether or not the price includes cleanup after a job is completed
Exactly what work will be completed; for example, removal of old shingles
Your contract should also give very precise information such as:
An anticipated timeline for finishing the work
A guarantee that the work will meet local building codes
Warranty information in writing
Point of contact for emergency repairs
By keeping these things in mind, you can ensure your roofing job is entrusted to the best contractor possible. To find out more, contact us.