Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you and your assets from the elements and enhances your home’s curb appeal. When it comes time to repair or replace your roof, the installer is nearly as important as the product they install. Find the right contractor for your project with these four simple tips.
Vetting your contractor can take a lot of time, so narrow down your search by getting referrals for a few contractors to begin your screening. You can get referrals in a few different ways:
- Ask friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations.
- Visit a reputable site, such as HomeAdvisor, to find listings of contractors in your area.
- Visit the webpage of the roofing material you are considering and search for a certified installer in your area.
Ideally, you want to find a roofing contractor who is local to your community. This means someone that has a business and roots in your area. Ask for the following when you meet with a contractor for the first time:
- Business address
- Business phone number
- Contractor’s or roofer’s license
- List of local, recent references
- Optional: a driver’s license to ensure they are local and not out of state
With this information, it’s easy to follow up on the business and make sure they are reputable. It’s also a good idea to check with the Better Business Bureau to see how long they have been at the business address and phone number.
2. Research the Company
Follow up to make sure they are who they say they are. This includes checking that their business license is up to date (where required), their supplier accounts are current, inquiring with them regarding the proper insurance (where required), and call the references provided by the company and ask questions such as:
- Were you satisfied with the job?
- Did they clean up after themselves?
- Did they protect your landscaping?
- Did they do the work in a timely way?
A good, local roofing contractor should be doing all these things for their clients. If not, you may want to move on.
3. Ask Questions
Ask to get a proposal or outline of the projected work in writing. This should include a list of agreed upon materials – underlayment and shingles, have a projected start and completion date, and quoted price for labor and materials.
If any of these items are missing, it could potentially be a red flag. Ask them for a revised estimate and ensure these items are included in the final contract. If the contractor seems resistant to provide these items, this could be another sign they may not be a good fit for the project.
4. Get Certifications and Warranties
Your roofing contractor should have a good familiarity with the product being installed on your home. Ask if they are certified by the manufacturer, and if they have undergone training from that manufacturer. Contractors that are certified are more likely to know the product, be up to date on the latest industry news, standards and techniques, and may be able to offer an extended manufacturer’s warranty on the product. This is the peace of mind a certified installer can offer.
Your roof is what protects you and your family; you want to make sure that the contractor you hire meets your expectations. Connect with a Malarkey Certified Residential Contractor in your area.