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Checklist for Choosing the Right Roofing
Choosing the right contractor means a longer relief from the hassles of roof repairs or replacement than
what one can expect from an amateur roofing contractor. Even if they charge you a little extra don’t get
swayed from hiring them because the quality and workmanship they bring to the project is what you
would ideally expect. If this is the first time you are choosing a roofing contractor or have had a bad
experience with a contractor in a previous residential roof repair, here are some of the things you must
do to ensure you are choosing the right roofer.
1. Check Better Business Bureau (BBB) Ratings
Better Business Bureau is a great place to find out about the services of a roofing contractor. Log on to
the website and research about the scores of more than a few roofing contractors. Stay away from the
ones with a low score, no matter how less they charge you. Similarly, you must stay away from the ones
that do not show up on BBB website.
2. Check Their Licenses
Before you award the contractor to a roofing contractor, ensure that they have a valid operating license.
Talk to the local authority to find out about your state’s licensing requirements. It’s important because
in case the contractor doesn’t have a valid operating license, you may also be penalized for the same
under the state rules.
3. Ask the Contractor for Insurance Proof
To avoid being held liable for the damages or mishaps caused during the project, it is essential that your
roofing contractor must have the necessary Insurance cover. You must, therefore, ask the contractor to
share copies of worker’s compensation certificate, general liability coverage and others.
4. Talk to a Supervisor
To assess the level of expertise and professionalism of a the residential roofing repair firm, talk to one of
its supervisor. You may even request for a site visit where you can learn more about the finer aspects of
project management such as company’s protocols, safety measures, stock management and others.
5. Ask for Referrals
Though Internet is a good place to research about people’s feedback on the contractor’s work, you can
also ask them for references so that you can meet them in person and have a detailed discussion about
their experiences. It is all the more essential for you to visit the contractor’s previous clients if you have
a bigger project to be awarded.
6. Verify the Contractor’s Financial Stability
The contractor’s financial stability will give you an idea about the contractor’s capability and resources
to deliver the project. To check the financial stability you may ask the contractor for their financial
reports for the current and previous years. Lack of financial stability also increases the risk of the project
being left midway, in case the contractor fails to pay to their contract staff.
7. Ask for a Detailed Report
A detailed product reduces the room for any ambiguity during the project. In case things don’t go as
planned and discussed, you can always call up the contractor and get things sorted. Make sure you
carefully go through each and every point in the contract and pay special attention to point such as the
payment terms, materials used, project start and end dates, and others.
Last Few Words
Once your residential roof repair or replacement project starts, take some time out to go inspect the
status of the project. Talk to the supervisor and other contract workers on the project, and try to strike a
personal rapport with them. All this rapport building does help and you will be able to see the difference
in the quality that’s delivered.