Roofing Contractors: Finding the Perfect Fit
Let’s face it, when it comes to finding the right roofing contractors it can be a tedious task. You never want to run the risk of using a company that has a bad reputation nor do you want to waste money by hiring a con artist who fills you with reassurances, takes your money then disappears. So when trying to find the right contractor for the job of turning your dream into a reality, a little time and effort will ensure you have the best possible outcome. There are different things that you need to look for when it comes to choosing a good contractor. You need to pay attention to the small details of the company as well as the larger ones.
Questions to ask yourself when choosing your contractor:
- Is the company licensed
Never hire an unlicensed contractor. Remember, different states have different requirements, but it is important for the contractors to be licensed within the state. You should always check the license with your states Department Of Business And Professional Regulations.
- Does the company have the correct insurance?
It is very important that the contractor you hire has the proper insurance. Both liability and workers compensation is very important as you do not want to be left holding the bag (filled with medical bills and the like) on the off chance something happens. Make sure you get copies of the insurance certificates and confirm they are current.
- How long has the company been in business?
When hiring a contractor you want to work with an established company that has been in business for several years. Do your research and find one whose record and reputation you can be checked out.
How many references have you received?
How did you find out about the company? Was it from a reliable source or a Google search? Can you verify the references? Does the company subcontract out the work? You need to make sure that you can assess their work before it even begins. By asking the referrers questions regarding the behavior, work ethic and consistency of the company, you can ascertain whether or not the company will meet your expectations.
- Is there a guarantee on completed work?
Generally, when working with a reputable contractor, you should receive a guarantee on workmanship and materials. Bear in mind that if the contractor cuts corners on the workmanship, it may void your manufacturer’s warranty. Also consider the fact that most new businesses have a higher failure rate than well established companies that have been in business for years due to the knowledge and experience an older company brings.
- When do you pay the company?
Your contractor can require a deposit to secure the job and the price agreed upon. Depending on the scale of the project, you may pay specific amounts when certain milestones are reached – this is in accordance with a timeline of milestones that the project needs in order to be completed.
- Did you receive a quote?
It is important to receive a written estimate from the company prior to the start of any project. Once an agreement has been reached between you and your contractor, the contract needs to be signed to assure the proposed work will be completed for the price agreed upon.