Are you afraid of hiring the wrong roofing contractor?
Putting on a new roof or doing a major repair is a great cost to you. So, before giving the job to just any roofing company, you need to do your homework!
Research the credentials of roofing contractors and check for any complaints from unhappy clients.
Be skeptical of bids you get that sound too good to be true.
Finding the right contractor requires investment in both your time and money. Companies claiming to be the best are usually not.
Here are 7 important things to check before you hire a roofing contractor:
1. Physical Location
You need to know the physical location of the roofing company and all of their contact information.
2. Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Check to see if there are any complaints that have been filed against the contractor and the nature of the complaint.
3. Warranties and Guarantees
A good roofing contractor will offer a guaranty in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty. Check out the duration and coverage, a 5-year or more guarantee is a good warranty. Also, always keep a copy of any paperwork.
4. Payment Terms and Estimates
Roofing companies provide prospects with written estimates that include materials needed, nature of work, estimated completion date, and total cost, which protects you from unexpected charges. If they don’t provide this to you, feel free to find another contractor who will.
5. Permits and Licenses
Alberta laws demand that roofing contractors have licenses in order to carry out roofing jobs, so ask to see their roofing license. This is a basic certification that shows they are competent!
6. Insurance Coverage
Good roofing contractors have a comprehensive workers’ compensation and liability insurance policy.
Ask to see a copy of their insurance certificate. Insurance is necessary in case an accident occurs. If the contractor does not have insurance, then you may be liable for all costs.
Ask them how many years they have been in the roofing business. Ask for references. Call their customers to find out if they are satisfied with the work.
Hiring a reputable company will ensure your job is done well, the first time.