- Author : pararoof
Hiring a roofer to work on your home or business is an investment, and it’s also something that requires a certain level of trust. How often, after all, do you actually get up on your own roof and assess the situation? The people you hire to do the job need to be upfront, honest and knowledgeable about your roof and its condition – otherwise, you could be looking at a long line of pricey “repairs” that simply aren’t necessary, or you might face an equally long line of quality-related problems caused by inexperience.
In addition to someone who tells it like it is, you need someone who has extensive industry expertise and a broad understanding of roofing safety practices and procedures. So, before you sign on with a particular roofing contractor, consider:
While it’s great to support small business, there’s more to it than that. A local, well-established roofing contractor understands the unique climate demands of your area, which is imperative when it comes to choosing the right materials, design and so on. Hiring a longstanding, local company is also a protective measure – in some cases, less-than-honest companies offer extended warranties on roofs, only to fold or relocate shortly after, leaving customers in the lurch.
Inquiring about insurance
Inquiring about a potential roofer’s insurance is more than something you should consider – it’s a must-do. Ask for proof of liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Not all contractors can offer manufacturer warranties that include coverage of the contractor’s workmanship. If you have doubts, don’t hesitate to call a company’s insurance carrier to confirm everything they told you. After all, roofers are performing hard work under tough conditions, and they’re doing so, in some cases, dozens of feet above the ground…what could possibly go wrong?
Steering clear of storm chasers
Unfortunately, “storm chasers,” or those who come knocking soon after a storm or right after they claim to have serviced a bunch of your neighbors’ homes, are responsible for many of today’s roofing scams. If they tell you your roof has damage, get a second opinion. If anything, tell the door-knocker that you need to talk to someone else in the home before making a decision and ask that they leave a business card. That way, you can perform some research of your own before assuming things are legit.
Resisting the urge to go with the lowest estimate
When it comes to your roof, you tend to get what you pay for. Sure, you can hire that guy with the cheap quote who came by with his tools in his pickup, but if that guy takes a tumble and isn’t insured, or if he performs poor quality work and then disappears, you’re in trouble. Reputable companies have overhead costs they need to cover, but they also typically offer a level of comfort, both in terms of insurance coverage and quality guarantees.
You worked hard to put a roof over your head – now let someone else work hard to keep it there. By heeding this advice, you can considerably improve the chances of finding a reputable, trustworthy and capable roofing contractor.