Your roof is the most important part of your home. It keeps rain, snow, and hail out and protects you and your property. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you hire a good roofing contractor when it comes time to replace or repair your roof. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people out there who want nothing more than to take your money. Visit Texas, Louisiana, or Florida after a hurricane and you’ll fine vans and trucks roaming the streets looking for desperate folks who need their roofs repaired.
To find a legitimate and high quality roofing contractor you need to take a few steps to protect yourself and to make sure a contractor is dependable. The best way to do this is to interview multiple contractors and ask them a few questions and do some research on them.
You’ll want to ask them whether they’re licensed in your state, have general liability and worker’s comp insurance, and have a local address and phone number. You’ll also want to ask them for a written estimate for the job which should include the price of plywood should they find rotten or soft spots on your roof. Remember, don’t sign a contract without a written estimate. As well, most contractors will ask for a down payment to start working. This is normal, but shouldn’t be more than a third of the overall price.
Finally, ask them to provide references and phone numbers of previous clients. If they refuse, then skip them. If they do provide references, then do a drive-by inspection of the homes they have worked on before. Look to see if the shingles are neatly trimmed at the edge of the roof. If they aren’t, then it could be a sign of shoddy workmanship.
Also call a few of these references. Ask them if they would use the roofing contractor again, if he was reliable and courteous, whether he was under or over budget, and whether the roof has leaked since being replaced or repaired.
By doing a bit of homework you can find a reliable and dependable roofing contractor. Stressing a little before you hire a contractor will save you a lot of stress later on in the process.
Article By: My Free Repairs LLC Kapolei, Hawaii