When you need a roof replacement on your home, the last thing that you want to worry about is if you have to watch your back with your roofing contractor. You want to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your roofing work is being done by the very best in the business and that they are not going to rip you off by over charging you for labor or by using cheap supplies and materials. However, when every roofing repair and replacement company claims to be the very best that there is, how do you know who you can trust and who is going to make you regret hiring them? While there is no fool proof method to making sure that you do not end up regretting ever buying a building with a roof to begin with, there are a few steps that you should always take before hiring a contractor for your roof repairs. If you follow this checklist, then you will have a better chance of being satisfied with your roofer:
- Find a local company. Companies that are locally owned and operated tend to be more invested in their community, and therefore less likely to rip you off. They also have managers in their offices that have the power to make decisions and resolve any complaints that you may have.
- Make sure that your roofer has liability insurance and that they offer workers compensation coverage plans to their employees. This protects you in case on of their employees falls off your roof while they are working on it or if they injure themselves in another way.
- Check and verify that your potential roof repair company has a business license or permit to work in your state. Each state is going to have different regulations in regards to what kind of license a company has to have in order to work in that state. If a roofer has recently moved to your area, then you want to be sure that they have the right paperwork to do business in that state.
- Look for longevity. While a company that has been around for ten years does not automatically mean that they are going to do better work than a company that has been around for six months, the chances are much greater that you will walk away from the experience happy. Think about it this way: a company that is established in a certain area is more likely to be around two or three or five years down the road, and if you have any issues that are covered under a warranty you want to be sure that the roofing company will be around to hold up their end of the warranty. New companies are not automatically bad, but they are a bigger risk.
- Check to see what other people have to say about them. Ask the company for referrals and call and speak to past customers. Also check the Better Business Bureau to see what kind of rating they have with them.