Choosing a roofing company can be an extremely daunting task. Similar to the menu at a restaurant, there are so many appealing options! The secret to not getting overwhelmed, is going into the task knowing exactly what you’re looking for. If you happen to stumble across a sweet deal, just remember that when it comes to roofing, it doesn’t always pay to save! Before signing any binding documents, it is important to find out as much as you can about the contractors that you will be dealing with.
Before a roofing company can even become a contender in the race, you need to get their full company name and physical address. While it may seem like a basic question to ask, it is one of the most important. You need to know that you are signing a contract with a registered company and not a solo contractor, conducting business from the back of their truck. If your questions are avoided, then doing business with them should be avoided as well.
License and Registration, Please
Your roof is an investment. In fact, it’s the largest investment “on” your home, so why leave it in the hands of an unlicensed roofer? Another important question to ask is whether the company is licensed and if that license is up to date. A licensed roofer will be able to give you the roof that you want while complying with the state’s code requirements. This will also give you legal recourse should something go wrong with the work.
The law states that companies have to offer workman’s compensation insurance to their employees. Unfortunately, some companies prefer to do without and take their chances, so it is a good idea for you to make sure. By doing business with a company that does not have workman’s compensation insurance, you run the risk of being held liable for any medical expenses should an employee get injured on your property. It costs nothing to ask the question that should you not ask, could land you spending thousands.
General Liability Insurance
Knowing that the company employees are covered is not enough, you need to make sure that the roofers also have general liability insurance. This type of insurance covers your property and any damage caused as a result of the work being done to it. Ask to see the roofing company’s insurance certificate, so that you don’t have to pay for damage to your property caused by someone else.
If a company works with subcontractors, it means that they don’t actually do the work themselves. Hiring a company that outsources work isn’t a problem. It just means that you need to ask a few more questions, making sure that the subcontractors are also registered and licensed. You may also want to pick up lien waivers, documents protecting you, should the contractor not pay the subcontractor.
A warranty, on the work that they have done, of a least a year should be offered by a contractor if they are reliable. Before signing any papers, you should ask about their offer and the details of what it covers.
For the most honest answers about the contractor’s level of workmanship and service, ask for references from previous clients. If the contractor refuses, it should be taken as a warning and a sign to take your business elsewhere.
Doing lots research and asking even more questions is recommended when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor. It is a decision that should not be rushed, but rather carefully considered so that you can rest easy knowing that your family and beginnings are all safe under one roof. Our team at Aabco Roofing is dedicated to providing you and your home with quality materials and service. For more information or further questions, contact us today at 954-426-8500!