How to Find a Roofing Contractor

Replacing a roof is one of the largest and most expensive home projects you can undertake. Choosing the wrong contractor can cost you thousands of dollars. When looking for a roofing contractor you should look for and do the following;

  1. A company that has solid reputation in the industry. These are the contractors that have been around more than a decade. According to the Better Business Bureau, 75% of contractors go out of business in 3 years and 95% of contractors go out of business in 10 years. Ask for the home headquarters address. They should also be easily accessible during business hours via phone and/or email.
  2.  Get Referrals. Referrals from friends and family can be a solid source from their experience with the company.
  3.  Check the Better Business Bureau. The contractor should have an A rating with the BBB and be accredited.
  4.  Verification –
    • Insurance – General Liability and Workers Compensation
    • Check financial references from banks and suppliers to make sure that they are financially sound.
    • Background Check and Drug Tested – Make sure the representatives coming out to your home have been background checked and Drug tested for you and your families safety.
    • Trade Licensed – Make sure they are licensed in the appropriate roofing trade
  5. Interview – Take the time to sit down with each of your roofing professionals. Get to know them. Discuss the extent of the work, material ratings and quality and the process of the installation. Don’t miss this critical step.
    • Installation steps or corners are cut to save money but are critical in the longevity of your roof life span. They could also save you thousands in having to re-do certain areas again because it was not done right the first time.
    • Different manufacturers are more credible than others. You want to make sure you are installing a high quality, reputable brand such as GAF or Owens Corning. Other manufactures may not have solid warranties or lack the quality as these brands have shown throughout the years. Sometimes that cheaper price is because they are installing a cheaper, less quality shingle. You want a reputable manufacture that will stand behind their products should you experience any material defects.
    • The company representative should demonstrate professionalism and be able to answer questions about the installation process, products and warranties.
    • Lien Waivers – Will they provide you with lien waivers from themselves as well as suppliers? If a contractor doesn’t pay the material bill you could have a lien placed on your home from the suppliers and then be held responsible to pay the lien before you can sell or re-finance your home even if you have already paid the roofing contractor.
    • Get everything in writing. – All of the details, colors, warranties should be in writing. Ask about clean up procedures, inspection process and payment. Never pay for the job up front. A reputable contractor will ask for a down payment but never the entire amount up front.

As you can see there are many things you need to be looking for when looking for a reputable and honest roofing contractor. Not all roofing contractors that come to your home or that are listed on the internet are reputable. Make sure you do your due diligence and hire a reputable roofing contractor. Following these steps and it could save you thousands in damages from hiring the wrong roofing contractor. Remember cheaper is not always better when replacing your roof, one of the largest home projects you will have. Make sure you properly verify the company then go with the contractor whom you like and trust the most.