It is always a pain to find out that your roofing contractor has skimmed on quality, in other to make more profit. The most unfortunate part of this kind of situations is that you would usually find out at a most inconvenient time.
We’ve compiled some tips on selecting certified roofing contractors that would not compromise on quality.
The first and most important criteria is to make sure that the roofing contractor is licensed. It is a law in most states that the contractors that work on your roof be certified. You would do well to find out if your stare or city requires any contractor working on your roof to be licensed. For example, the state of California requires that a contractor be licensed to take up contractors above $500. To be licensed in this state, you have to show four years work experience in the last ten years, at any level e.g. journeyman, foreman, supervisor or contractor. You also need a $15,000 surety bond to apply for a license, after which you then write an exam.
A licensed contractor would have to show a level of training or education to be licensed, this means that a licensed contractor would at least be skilled and knowledgeable enough to do the job. Also, licensing involves the roofer to be insured, which means that they must be able to pay for damages if they get sued and lose the case. Also, if a worker gets injured on the job, the roofing company pays compensation and not you.
When selecting the contractor, make sure that they are insured, ask to see the certificates and even call the insurance company to make sure they exist and can vouch for the contractor.
Another important thing is to check the contractors track record. Check independent and unbiased reviews both online and offline, the Better Business Bureau rating, ask the roofer for references and check them out. If they are in a nearby area, drive out to check it out, as well speak to the homeowners on what they think about the work.
When choosing a roofer, it’s advisable to go local, that is choosing a professional that is in your locality, this makes it easier to contact them in case of any issues, it is also easier to check reputation in a local area that you can visit.
Avoid door-to-door salesmen, while they might give offers that seem mouth-watering, as well as employing them because they are readily available, there is no way to verify their reputation, skill set or trustworthiness. Remember, if an offer is too good to be true, it probably is.
You also should not hire based on price, cheap bids, especially those way below the average are extremely suspect, as it is very likely be a scam or very shoddy work.
Also, if you have an insurance policy on your roof, you might want to contact the company for recommendations of contractors
These tips should help you select a reliable and quality-focused certified contractor for all your roofing needs