All roofing contractors are not equal and it is important to do your homework and make the right choice.
The following criteria will help in your decision.
- Check for a permanent place of business, professional website, telephone number and tax identification number.
- Request current copies of the contractor’s liability insurance coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverage(s) are in effect through the duration of the job and they meet your state’s minimum criteria.
- Get a copy of the permit to do the work. Most roof replacements require a reroof permit through the city, state, or county (depending where you are located).
- Look for a company with a proven track record that readily offers client testimonials on their own site and/or through various social media platforms.
- Check to see whether the contractor is properly licensed and/or bonded.
- Insist on a written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work to be completed along with specifications, including approximate start and finish dates and payment options.
- Check to see whether the contractor is a member of any local, state, regional and/or national associations.
- Check the Better Business Bureau website for credentials, ratings & customer reviews.
- Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered by both the contractor bidding on the work and/or manufacturer of roofing materials.
- Most importantly, the lowest price is not always the best choice. A new and/or replacement roof is a big investment and an essential element on any home or business structure. Quality and professionalism should thus be heavily considered.