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Choosing a Good Roofing Contractor

Finding a good contractor is important but typically challenging for consumers who don’t know a thing about the roofing business. Not all states require roofers to be licensed, but if you live in one that does, make sure you hire someone who has this credential. A licensed roofer is someone who has passed written as well as practical tests, and who will give you a venue for airing your concerns later on, if any.

Many roofing contractors are not certified and have shown very poor installations and workmanship. You’ll want to avoid them completely, and that is why you need to choose smart.

Here are points that can help you choose a good roofing contractor:

Longevity

One of the most basic things you want to know about a roofer is how long they’ve been a roofer. If they’ve been here for, say, five years, that means they must have been doing great, considering how competitive the industry is.

Permanent Business Contact

Permanent contact information is but another sign of an established company. Get into a little bit of research. If their business address, phone number and email address have remained the same for years, that probably says they’re here for the long term. That’s in fact one of the most classic signs of a stable company.

Subcontractors

Subcontractors are generally paid per project, and this can work against you. Everyone will be rushing to the finish line, so they can get started on the next job!

Written Contract and Estimate

It’s a must that all job specs and prices are given to you in writing. Also keep in ind that established company, being financial stable, do not usually ask for a deposit. Most roofers will ask for a down payment, however. Just make sure this isn’t more than a third of the total cost.

Consumer Records

Check with the Better Business Bureau to know if there are serious complaints filed by consumers against your prospective roofer. Take a look at their rating.

Industry Association Membership

Although membership in an industry association is not an assurance of good performance, it is a sign that the roofer is dedicated to his work.

Warranty

Look for a roofer that offers a warranty, both on workmanship and the materials. If a roofer hesitates to provide such warranty, look for another prospect._

Insurance

Working with an uninsured roofer is highly risky. You could end up liable, in case there are injuries or accidental damage on the job.

Client References

Never skip this part. Just one conversation with a few previous clients can reveal a lot about the roofer. If the contractor won’t give you references, it only means one thing: they’re hiding something. You don’t have to know what it is. Just look for another roofer.

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