Hiring a roofing contractor is a big deal because getting a new roof on your home is a big job. Even if your roof was damaged and you need repair work, you want to find someone you can rely on to do a good job at a fair price. If you are looking for a roofing contractor, don’t immediately go for the lowest price because that often results in the lowest-quality work.
The National Roofing Contractors Association has some good guidelines for finding a quality roofing contractor:
- Make sure the business is permanent and legitimate by checking a tax ID number. The longer a business has been in one place, the better you can feel as a customer.
- Ask for proof of insurance, as well as information about licensure and bonding. You may also want to ask for proof of financial stability in the form of a bank letter.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for references and a list of completed roofing projects. Experience is important. Call some of the references and make sure they were happy with their experience.
- Expect a written proposal for your completed work that includes how to make payments.
- Ask about professional organizations and training. Does the roofing contractor have certifications from roofing companies?
- Check the Better Business Bureau rating and see if there are any complaints against the company.
- Find out about warranties that will be included with your job. The manufacturer of your roofing materials should have a warranty, and the contractor should offer their own warranty on their workmanship.