Take the time to research the roofer’s history. There are many fly-by-night contractors who are here today and gone within three years. A reliable contractor will have:
It’s likely that you won’t be happy with the finished results if the contractor is inexperienced, sloppy and unable to answer your questions. During the interview process, you’ll want to consider the following questions.
What is your initial impression of the company representative?
What image of the company is being portrayed?
Is the representative professional in appearance and behavior?
Are they competent, straightforward and enthusiastic?
Is the company using quality materials?
Have you been provided with sound information on the materials?
Have you been provided with information regarding job site procedures?
Have you received follow up from the company?
In the event of an accident or property damage, an uninsured or underinsured contractor can cost you thousands of dollars. Your contractor should be fully licensed and insured. They should also practice good safety procedures. Be sure to request certificates of insurance and formal verification of:
If a contractor is eliminating or skimping items on the bid to reduce the cost, it may not be in your best interest. Low estimates could indicate:
Most contractors rely strictly on the job-site foreman to be sure the installation is performed correctly. Without supervisors, it is almost impossible to consistently provide high quality installations. Find a contractor that uses an additional level of supervision - someone whose job is to oversee the foreman and crew. Make sure the contractor provides project inspections on a regular basis.
The contract should include all materials and work specified as well as warranty information, terms of payment and a lien release.
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Selecting a roofing contractor for your needs doesn’t have to be an uphill battle as long as you keep the following tips in mind.