Whether you are building a new roof or replacing/repairing an existing one, it’s essential to find a professional roofing contractor who can deliver a high-quality roof at a fair price.
Evaluating professional roofers takes legwork, but it’s a worthwhile investment: you’ll ensure you get your job done right the first time. Use the following three evaluation tips to make the best decision possible.
1. Be Sure to Vet Potential Contractors
Far too often, you’ll hear stories about owners who find themselves in deep water after hiring a substandard contractor. Make sure you vet contractors up front with the following best practices:
- First check to make sure the potential contractor is established. This means they have a business address, phone number, tax information and a valid business license.
- Always ask the contractor to see copies of their liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Be sure these documents are valid through the duration of your job.
- Make sure the contractor is properly licensed or bonded (this will vary depending on the state).
- One sign of a true professional is their financial stability. Ask your contractor for current financials.
2. Look At Their Track Record
Some contractors may look great at first glance, but you’ll need to dig deeper to know exactly who you are doing business with. Follow these tips to get a better understanding of a potential contractor’s history:
- Look for a contractor with a proven track record. Ask for and call client references to find out about their experience. Were they satisfied with the work and the end product?
- Ask for a written proposal that highlights the job specifications, including start and end dates along with payment methods.
- Request the contractor list the roofing manufacturers for which they are licensed and have approved applicator agreements. Depending on the material, special application expertise may be required.
- Have them explain their roofing and quality control processes. Find out who will be leading your project, how many workers will be onsite, and the estimated time till completion.
3. Examine Safety Procedures and Professional Affiliations
Safety is a paramount concern on the job. To ensure your potential contractor follows all required guidelines, look at their professional affiliations and safety procedures:
- Check to see if the contractor is a member of any professional organizations.
- Use the Better Business Bureau to uncover any complaints that may have been filed against the contractor.
- Find out what safety training and procedures your contractor provides for employees.
- Be sure you understand the details of the roofing warranty, and what could void it.
Selecting the right professional contractor isn’t always about the lowest bid. By using the steps above, you’ll ensure you partner with the best roofer for your job and interests, not the cheapest.