Just like the roof over your head, you need to hire a residential roofing contractor that is both reliable and trustworthy. Whether you are building your dream home, doing scheduled roof maintenance or in need of urgent roof repairs, a credible residential roofing contractor is an absolute necessity from both a safety and financial point of view. It is unfortunate but true that the residential roofing industry, like all commercial industries, experiences its fair share of fraudsters. However, with the right knowledge of what questions to ask and what signs to look out for, you will easily be able to tell whether your residential roofing contractor is truly a professional or not. The following is a simple guide on how to hire the best person for the job:
Do Your Basic Research
The first step in finding a trustworthy residential roofing contractor is a straightforward and standard investigation into the company. Once you have found a company that you are interested in through listings in credible newspapers, online forums, or by word-of-mouth, do a thorough check of their business. First, review their online presence by searching for their website and social media channels. At this point it is also important to look for any reviews left about others’ experiences with the company. If possible, visit the residential roofing contractors’ place of business in order to meet in person to discuss your specific business needs and better establish trust. If this is not possible, speak with someone at the business over the phone (preferably instead of email) before scheduling an initial assessment meeting.
Verify Your Residential Roofing Contractor’s Credentials
The second step in successfully hiring a non-reputable residential roofing contractor involves delving a little deeper in your research and verifying the accreditations and affiliations the company claims to have.
All professional residential roofing contractors should be licensed appropriately for the area in which they are working, be members of a professional association and have insurance. Ask to see these certificates and verify their legitimacy if in doubt. Note that licensing requirements may differ from state to state, making it essential for you to check which licensing requirements your roofing contractor needs to meet with your municipal building department before working together. In South Florida you are able to research a company’s authenticity by checking with the Department of Professional Regulation (DPR), your cities building department, and social media.
Always Ask Questions
In addition to the necessary questions previously discussed, be sure to ask potential residential roofing contractors more questions until you are confident that they are transparent, honest and that you feel comfortable they are able to carry out your roofing project professionally. References you can follow-up with are a great idea to ask for and should be made available to you readily by any residential roofing professional. Often roofing repair jobs are needed urgently – such as after a storm – leading to residential roofing contractors being in high demand. In this case, for example, it would be important to ask questions that would confirm that your job would be a priority and to not hastily hire a contractor without doing the necessary due diligence.
With AABCO Roofing you can rest assured that we have the necessary professional residential roofing qualifications and requirements in order. Big or small, we can be trusted with taking care of your roofing needs – do not hesitate to contact us with any queries.