How to choose a roofing contractor
Mar 26, 2018
Choosing a contractor involves more than price...a lot more than price! Whether you are re-roofing or building new construction, your choice of roof and roofing contractor will determine the long term value and protection of your property.
Here are some valuable tips from the NRCA website, EverybodyNeedsARoof.com:
All roofing contractors are not alike, and NRCA recommends you pre-qualify roofing contractors to get the job done right the first time. The following guidelines will help in your decision:
- Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and, where required, a business license.
- Insist on seeing copies of the contractor's liability insurance coverage and workers' compensation certificates. Make sure the coverages are in effect through the duration of the job. (Note: U.S. workers' compensation laws vary by state. Consult your state's laws to determine workers' compensation insurance requirements.)
- Look for a company with a proven track record that readily offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied.
- Check to see whether the contractor is properly licensed and/or bonded. Call your state's licensing board for your state's specific requirements (where applicable).
- Insist on a written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures.
- Check to see whether the contractor is a member of any local, state, regional or national roofing industry associations, such as NRCA.
- Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed.
- Have the contractor explain his or her project supervision and quality-control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge, how many workers will be required and the estimated time of completion.
- Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered and watch for provisions that would void it. Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.
If you have ever made a bad choice in contractors, you will be able to relate to this article. Please feel free to share your own experiences in the comments and share with your family and friends.