5 Things Every Homeowner Should Look for in a Roofing Contractor
Credentials: While references or ratings on social media help many homeowners choose professionals to work with, also look for credentials such as those from the Better Business Bureau, memberships in trade organizations, or credentials from product manufacturers. Unbiased opinions from professional organizations help you understand the long-term quality of a service provider.
Solid History: It’s not uncommon for unscrupulous companies to prey on homeowners, especially after severe storms. To ensure you’re working with a reputable company, ask questions such as where their office is located, how long they’ve been in business, or the number of jobs they’ve completed. Also ask for proof that they’re licensed, bonded and insured, and make sure they pull any permits required in your local area.
Attention to Detail: A quality job means your contractor is thinking about your entire roofing system. Asking questions about the roofing materials is just the beginning. Also make sure your contractor can explain the underlayment application, ventilation requirements and installation method that will be used to install your replacement roof.
Clear Communication: Your contractor should not only do quality work, but also make sure your experience is a great one. Clear communication is critical, especially when dealing with your insurance company. Look for a contractor who provides a clear description of what you need and why you need it, and can tell you what to expect at every step during the process.
Long-Term Protection: Your home is a long-term investment. Ask your contractor to explain product warranties and whether or not they provide workmanship coverage. This important step will not only give you peace of mind, it could save you from any financial issues that occur.