When partnering with a contractor for your roofing installation, it’s critical to choose a reputable company. One obvious red flag that the organization you’re dealing with is a storm chaser, is if they do not have a physical address and your only way of communication is via cell phone. When conducting your research, be thorough and don’t neglect to check off each of the below points prior to deciding.
Roofing Contractors’ Insurance Coverage
You should always ask for a copy of a contractor’s insurance policy; not only to make sure that they do carry insurance, but to understand what kind and coverage limits. Many contractors can have coverage, but it is sometimes not enough to even cover your property and worker’s compensation. Double check that the coverage is effective through the duration of your roofing project.
2. Request & Research Their Reference List
When asking for a reference list, get a combination of recent clients and those that had work done a few years ago. This will allow you to see how the company currently operates and if their work stands the test of time. To properly bet the companies you’re considering, check out these questions to ask a contractor’s reference before hiring them.
3. Check Them Out with the Better Business Bureau (BBB)
Any respectable and upright roofing contractor will be a member of the BBB. Verify whether any complaints have been filed against them and how the complaints were addressed. Check out Lindus Construction’s BBB rating here.
4. Brand of Roofing Material
There’s cause for concern if the roofer you’re interviewing claims to have cheap, no-maintenance roofing material with an iron-clad warranty. While you might be able to find a product that fulfills two out of the three criteria, a product that checks off all of these boxes does not exist. If your focus is concentrated on the most inexpensive roofing material, do not expect it to last a lifetime.
There is a lot to be said about the cost of roofing materials and why consumers choose one over the other, but take our advice that price should be lower on your list than quality and warranty. When it comes to brands of asphalt shingles, choosing a nationally known roofing manufacturer, like GAF, is a very important aspect. Not only have they earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, but they also come with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty.
5. Get Your Contract in Writing
Protect yourself by having a written contract that clearly defines the following aspects of your project:
- The scope of work that will be done on your home
- The type of roofing material that will be used, the manufacturer and your choice of shingle style & color
- Agreement about who will be removing your existing roof
- Whether or not existing flashing on your home needs to be replaced or can be re-used and the type of flashing metal
- Will there need to be anything done regarding your current attic venting
- Who will replace or repair any damage to landscaping or the exterior of your home if any occurs during the installation process by accident
- A timeline of when your project will start and end
- What type of payment you will be using to pay for your project whether it is a personal check, credit card financing through your contractor of choice
- Detailed roof warranty on your new shingles and the workmanship of the job
- Who is responsible for old roofing material & shingle disposal
- Any extra fees and or discounts that will be applied to your contractor
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