Finding a Roofing Contractor You Can Trust
Finding a roofing contractor you can trust can be a bit of a headache. But it’s not impossible. When you start your search, keep these six tips in mind. They will help you find a great company and avoid any headaches along the way.
Ask about insurance.
If a company doesn’t have the proper coverage, run away. Fast. Worker’s compensation and liability insurance are required in most U.S. states (with coverage maximums reaching $500,000), and you should also be able to receive the certificates for all necessary insurances on demand (don’t accept anything less than this). Some companies may try to get away with covering worker’s compensation, but not liability insurance; find a company that offers both.
Go local to find a roofing contractor.
One of the biggest benefits of buying a local warranty is that you’ll be dealing with local agents. This means they’ll still be around in five or ten years, in the event you need a warranty repair. It’s disheartening to imagine how many people are holding worthless pieces of paper because a company providing their warranty coverage closed or moved.
Don’t let their “deals” fool you.
Many of the low-ball quotes you receive from contractors ultimately prove to be a false savings. If you receive a bid that’s markedly lower than the others, chances are good you’re not dealing with a legitimate company. Pricing reflects insurance and the overhead costs associated with running a proper business. Low-ball bids mean they’re cutting costs somewhere, and the workmanship is likely to suffer. Sure, you’ll save money now, but you’re more likely to need additional repairs in the near future.
Real roofers aren’t door-to-door salesmen.
If you see a company at your door, claiming to have done some damage to your roof and offering to fix it, you may be tempted by the offers they make. Don’t sign any agreement on the spot. Take time to do your own research, understand their reputation in the community and solicit other bids. A great company will never try to pressure you into signing an agreement on the spot.
Get everything in writing.
Once the scope of work is established and you’ve selected a contractor, it’s important to communicate your expectations clearly. This includes details regarding the full scope of work, the cost estimate and an established timeline for the job. All of these will go a long way toward setting clear expectations and ensuring your needs get met.
Make sure the lines of communication are open.
You don’t want to be in the dark throughout your project, right? That’s why it’s important to work with someone who promptly responds to phone calls and emails, and thoroughly answers all your questions. If they don’t follow through with communication, then should you trust them with the roof over your family’s head?
Need to Know How to Find a Qualified Roofer?
Still looking into finding a roofing contractor you can trust? Brazen Roofing are here for you. So the next time you need to find a roofing contractor, just pick up the phone and give us a call or apply on our site for a free inspection.