Choosing the right roofing contractor is not an easy task. It takes time, research, and careful consideration to make this big decision. There are many factors to consider when looking for roofing contractors. For example, you need to take into account what type of roofer you want (some contractors specialize in flat roofs while some specialize in asphalt shingle roofs), the experience level required (a contractor who has performed over 10 roof installations should be enough if you’re just installing a single layer of shingles on your roof), and the cost of the service itself.
When trying to hire a roofing company or individual, there are several things that should be taken into consideration before they begin work on your home or office building:
1) Get it in writing. Make sure to get any agreement made with the agency or individual in writing. This will eliminate any confusion over what was agreed upon and when it can be expected to be done. A written contract should include all the details about the work, payment terms, materials used, start date, estimated time of completion, warranty, change orders (additional charges for adjusting specifications after the original contract is signed), how disputes will be handled, etc.
2) Insurance Coverage. Not only should your roofing contractors have liability insurance to protect you in case he/she accidentally damages something while working on your property, they should also carry worker’s comp insurance so their employees are protected against injuries incurred on the job site. Ask to see proof of both forms before signing any contract.
3) Performance and Payment Bonds. You will also want to ask for a performance bond, which is the contractor’s agreement with your town or city that they will complete all construction work according to specifications and in a timely manner (usually around 30 days). If the contractor becomes insolvent before finishing the project, you don’t have to worry about paying for materials or labor that was never performed. This form of bond protects you from financial loss resulting from the contractor’s failure to perform his/her duties. They should also carry a payment bond, which guarantees payment on all subcontractors used by the main contractor.
4) References and Reviews. Make sure to get references from previous jobs they have done, as well as reviews for their company. Get in touch with previous customers to get an idea of how they performed (look for dissatisfied customers, too- how they handled the situation can say a lot about what you could expect if you hired this contractor).
5) Professional Equipment and Uniforms. The roofing contractors should be equipped with professional tools like lockable toolboxes, flashlights, work boots, safety glasses, etc. (you can check their credentials on the back of their business card or ask them to show you the items to confirm that they have them). If possible, try to meet in person before signing any contracts so you can take in their appearance and mannerisms in addition to talking over your plans for the job.
6) Clear Communication. Finally, communication with customers is very important to contractors. If they don’t have the time or patience to answer your questions, it will be difficult for you to get on board with their company. They should also have easy access to their office phone number and business email, so if you have any concerns or questions that need immediate attention, they can solve your problem as soon as possible.
Once these factors are taken into consideration, the next step is getting a quote from the contractor of your choice. Most companies offer free estimates on their services, which gives you more information about prices of labor and materials before actually signing anything official (which means no money down). Once this estimate has been completed, make sure to take some thinking things over. Make sure you can afford it and that you need this service before committing to the contract, as there is usually a non-refundable down payment required.