Basics of Hiring a Roofing Contractor
If you think that hiring a roofing contractor is just a simple task given, then wait until you are in the situation and learned that most contractors are just claiming to be “professionals”. Homeowners bump into various problems when in search for a roofer which include the fact that there are tons of roofing contractors who are uninsured and unlicensed. Basically, roofers who don’t have these qualifications are not competent to do the job.
Majority of these unqualified and inexperienced roofers may seem to be competent and skilled and homeowners are misled to working with them. To ensure that you will be working with the best roofers, here are the things that you should be doing.
Ask recommendations – believe it or not, your coworkers, friends as well as family are excellent sources for finding roofers. In case that your family or friends were happy with the service rendered to them, then there is a chance that you’d experience the same. Make the time to talk to your family or friends and ask some questions about the roofing contractor whom they’ve worked with.
When asking questions, ask about if the job has been done on time, was the cleanup thorough and if the roofer agreed to return for back jobs.
References – this one is so valuable when you are in the process of hiring a roofing contractor. It is essential to ask for references and talk to some people who are in that list. Questions like how the roofer fair on their service, were they able to meet their expectations and so forth are few that you may want to know. Their answers can actually help you gauge whether you would push through working with the contractor or not.
Check resources online – there are several websites over the web that are so reliable in terms of providing info about the contractors near you. These websites have compilation of feedback for contractors and oftentimes list the licensed roofers only.
Credentials – in almost every state and city, it is requiring aspiring and current roofing contractors a license. Be sure that your prospective contractor has a license that is valid and at the same time, they should be bonded or insured if ever it is a requirement in your area. Roofers should secure liability and worker’s compensation insurance. These policies are going to give you peace of mind that even though someone becomes injured while working on your house (hope not), you will not be liable or responsible for anything on them.