Six Questions to Help you Choose a Reputable Roofer
Looking for the right roofer can be a tough job. With so many candidates, how are you to choose? Here are six questions to ask yourself as you make a choice:
Do they have insurance?
Pick a contractor with worker’s compensation as well as liability insurance. Ask to take a look at the certificates, and talk to the insurer to confirm their validity. This will keep all bids on a level playing field, knowing that a percentage of the cost of the roof and the service comes with the protection of coverage.
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Are communicating as they should?
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Do they return your calls or send requested documents promptly? Do they provide documentation you request? Do they follow through? Communication is essential to all kinds of businesses. If it’s ineffective, project results and business relationships are compromised.
How did you come to know about them?
How you met a roofer can also help you in decide if they’re good for you or not. For example, are they one of those knock-on-the-door roofers? Forget them. Speak to your agent and ask for his recommendation. Most of these questionable roofers will claim that you have storm damage, and make you sign a letter of intent. Don’t believe them. You never ever have to sign an intent letter. Go over contracts and take your time reviewing the details.
Is their offer too good to be true?
Never pick a roofer on price alone. We know that anyone with overhead and proper insurance must establish pricing to be able to cover such costs. Working out of a pick-up truck allows some roofers to charge cheap, but as a client, you can’t expect them to churn out quality. Most probably, you will be spending more on future repairs, which a good roofer’s workmanship guarantee could have easily covered.
Will they present a written contract complete with all important details?
As the client, you should be in control. Never pay until the work is done. You must be satisfied with the result first and foremost. All payment terms must be ironed out before the job begins. And don’t forget to ask how long it would take to finish the project. You should know the size of their crew to determine whether or not the deadline they have provided is realistic.
Are they local?
Choosing a local roofer is wise. By “local,” we don’t just mean a roofer that is operating locally, but also one that has a positive and established reputation in the community. This way, you can avoid problems with warranty. It is easy for any roofer to provide a piece of paper, but remember that warranty is only as reliable as the company that provided it.