Things To Consider When Hiring a Roofing Contractor
Below are five steps we think you will find helpful when deciding which company is right for your roofing project.
Step One: The Paperwork—Insurance and Certifications
It is critical that you only hire a certified, experienced roofing contractor. Make sure the company is licensed by the state and has all of the necessary insurance and certification requirements. We recommend asking about references. And check social media and Google for online reviews. These can give valuable insight into the quality of customer care and service. If they are uncertified, it will oftentimes be evident online.
Step Two: Hire a Local Company
It is always best to shop local. A roofing company that is locally owned and operated is likely to offer better service than an out of state company. Also, local reputations are key, so you should ask around about companies.
Step Three: Make Sure You Have a Contract
It is imperative that you have your agreement made into a legally binding contract. As you can find online, there are horror stories where some contractors abuse their clients by taking their money then not performing the desired work. Without a contract, it is hard to take legal action to retrieve damages. We strongly encourage always to get a written agreement. It protects you and it holds the company accountable. No legitimate contractor will be opposed to a written contract.
Step Four: The Importance of Communication
Communication is key. You should make sure that the company you are hiring has a quick response time to your outreaches. If a company ignores you, it is a sign that they are not doing their due diligence for you project.
Step Five: Experience and References
Roofing is a skill that is not learned over night. It takes years of training and education to be able to properly and effectively be licensed to work on roof system matters. You should only hire a company that is experienced and up to date in industry training. Additionally, you should always seek out references and inquire about the company’s reputation. This speaks greatly to the company’s record.