How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

by Jane VanOsdol on October 30, 2011

When it comes time to put a new roof on your home, you want to be sure that the roofer you’re choosing to do the work is a skilled professional. The last thing you want is to have to have major repairs done or worse yet—have the job redone—because you didn’t choose a competent roofer. How do you know if you’re choosing wisely? The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has a few tips to help you make an informed decision.

How to Choose a Roofing Contractor

The NRCA recommends that you first check that the company has a permanent place of business, and that they have a telephone number, tax ID number, and, if needed, a business license. They should also be bonded.

Ask to see their contractor’s liability insurance coverage and workman’s compensation certificates and be sure that the coverage will extend through the time it takes to complete your roofing job.

Beware of a company that doesn’t have any client references. Only use a company that has references; check out the references to be sure they’re legit. Call the references to verify their satisfaction and also drive by the house to actually look at the roof.

Ask for a detailed quote that shows the exact price with the work specified. When you sign a contract, be sure it includes estimated start and finish dates. It should also detail how payment will be handled. Understand what your down payment is and when your final balance is due. Always inspect the work before making a final payment.

Ask whether the roofing contractor is a member of any professional organizations, such as the NRCA. This does help with credibility.

Call your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against the roofing company. Just as important is to check and see if the complaint has been resolved.

Understand how your contractor will supervise the project. Will he be there for the duration of the project, or does he have a project manager? How many people are on his crew?

Be sure you understand the warranty offered on the roof and any conditions that will make the warranty void.

Don’t automatically take the lowest bid. Remember that you get what you pay for.

Doing your homework and carefully researching your choice of roofing contractor will help ensure that you get a quality roofing job that will last for many years to come.

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