Selecting a Contractor

Whatever your roofing needs, large or small, you need a professional roofing contractor you can trust.

It’s difficult to determine the capabilities and reliability of a roofing contractor. That’s why this was created – a simple, step by step guide designed to help you find the contractor who’s right for you.

STEP 1: Where to Begin

A roofing system is a complex combination of elements, the success of which depends on the quality of materials, installation and overall construction. Referrals are obviously the best source for names of credible companies. Ask friends and family members. Contact the Chamber of Commerce about roofing contractors. The Better Business Bureau, state and local licensing authorities, National Roofing Contractors Association and your local yellow page directory are also good resources.

STEP 2: Meeting and Evaluating Potential Contractors

After you have compiled a list of possible roofing contractors, take time to evaluate each one carefully. A professional contractor will be happy to provide any information you may require. Set up a meeting to discuss your needs and their qualifications, and be sure to pay close attention to the attitude of the company representative. Good Contractors take pride in their work and will be enthusiastic about the possibility of helping you with your roofing problems. Ask for the company’s vital statistics & specific business information which will help you make your final decision.

Business Name and Address – A good professional contractor will provide the company’s permanent business address and telephone number.

Experience – the training and experience of a contractor, as well as the age of his/her company, will help you determine their ability to successfully complete your roofing project.

Licensing – Ask for the Contractor’s License number.

Insurance Coverage – A contractor should carry worker compensation and general liability insurance. Request a copy of the company insurance certificate.

References –  Ask for a list of completed projects, including names, address and phone numbers of previous clients.

STEP 3: Understanding the Contract

When a contract is presented, it should spell out the proposed work, prices, materials used, warranties and terms.

STEP 4: Sit Back and Relax

Once you feel confident that you have the best contractor, the best products, the best value – simply relax and let your contractor do his job. Do, however, monitor the progress of your project to be certain that your contractor lives up to his superior reputation.

Hopefully, the information provided above will simplify the task of choosing a professional roofing contractor.