Congratulations on shopping for a roofing contractor. A new roof will add beauty to your home and save you money in heating and cooling costs. But finding a qualified and trustworthy roofing contractor can be difficult.
We've rounded up the top considerations when looking for a roofing contractor. Here's what to look for:
First, make a list of local roofing contractors and ask around for referrals. A local contractor will be familiar with rules and code regulations and they will already have existing relationships with crews and suppliers in your area.
Determine the installer’s credentials. If not listed on their website, you may need to call and ask.
License: A reputable roof installer will hold the necessary licensing. There are different regulations and license requirements in each state. You should determine what licensing is required and then you can verify by license number on your state government website. Make sure you ask your roofer to give you a copy of their license.
Permit: Permitting is also an important item on your checklist. Verify with your local building agency to be sure you know what the process is for permitting. Usually, a full roof replacement will require a building permit. Many roofers will take care of the permitting for you so that is another question you'll want to be answered.
Certification: Another question to ask potential roofing companies is what training and certification they hold. There are some certifications for installation, specific to the roofing materials used. If you find a contractor with manufactures designation, that is consider prestigious, as GAF strictly enforces their designation and only allows the top 2% of roofing contractors per market to be recognized as Master Elite Contractors.
Bonding and Insurance: Importantly, you should also determine that they are fully bonded and insured with both liability and worker's compensation insurance. This protects you financially if they do a poor job or don’t finish the project, or even worse if someone is hurt on the job. Insurance protects your installer and your property in case injury or damages happen during the project. Make sure you get proof that they are bonded and insured. Be sure that the contractor has insurance for all employees as well as subcontractors.
Referrals and Reviews
Review the roofing installer website and search for them for any reviews. Consider their Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating and ask friends and neighbors. You can also ask the roofing contractor to provide you references that you can verify.
There are a few options to finance a new roof, such as paying directly from personal savings or a loan you take out or financing through the roofing vendor themself. If you want to use a roofing company’s finance offering, it is important to know finance options as you consider options. We suggest that you do not pay the full bill of the roof until the work is complete.
Make sure you ask about roofing warranties. Determine what the warranty covers and what it doesn’t. A new roof will require some maintenance but should be problem-free. If your roof leaks or there are other issues, will the warranty cover a repair or replacement? How long is the warranty good for? Last, get the warranty in writing.
Most roofing companies will schedule an appointment to see your property so they can measure and inspect your roof. They will then provide a quote for materials and installation. Try to get several estimates so that you can properly compare your options.
Now you have a great list to refer to as you shop for a roofing replacement contractor. Soon, you'll be enjoying your new roof's beauty and the savings it provides.