Roofing projects are expensive and an integral part of any house. Roofing has to stand the test of time and natural elements and should be able to protect the house completely. Considering this, it is important to select a credible and professional roofing contractor to ensure good quality work. The following tips can help customers evaluate the roofing contractors better and select the best possible ones for their roofing project.
Tips for Consideration
Work Experience in the Domain
The work experience of the contractor should be evaluated. This provides an understanding of their knowledge and competencies to undertake and complete the work. A company with more years of experience will have a better understanding of the roofing business and usually will be able to deliver better.
Getting Multiple Quotes
Before hiring any contractor, multiple quotes should be sourced from at least three reputed companies. It will provide a comparative understanding of the services being provided and the price being charged. It will also ensure that the best possible rates are negotiated before awarding the project to the contractor.
Written Estimate and Contract
A written estimate and contract should be taken from the contractor. The estimate should have the scope of the work defined, the commencement and completion date of the project, and the payment terms. The work contract also should be in writing to eliminate any discrepancies later on in the scope of the project.
Hiring contractors should begin with local referrals. Also, the contractor should be asked to provide references. A professional contractor will provide references readily. The references should be contacted to take their feedback on the project- the quality of the work done and their satisfaction from the same. If the contractor does not provide references then it means they do not have satisfied customers who will speak on their behalf or they are very new to the business. Such contractors should be generally avoided.
Office Location and Details
The office address and other contact details of the contractor should be asked for. The contractors having local office addresses and contact details only should be hired. Having a local office shows the credibility of the company. In case of further repair and fixes needed, companies having a local office can be located and they can fix the problem quickly. Outstation companies may not be easy to locate or they may take time to fix the problem, which is not desirable.
Is the Company Licensed
One should find out if the company is licensed, insured, and bonded. The license shows that the company has technical knowledge of the business and the work they are in and can be relied upon to deliver good quality work. The insurance pays for any damage or injuries resulting in the workers. If the company does not pay the suppliers, then the bond will protect the customers from mechanics lien against the home.
The contractor should be enquired about the warranty provisions and the types of the warranty being provided. Generally, good contractors provide a warranty on workmanship and the quality of materials used. Contractors providing both these types of warranties only should be selected. The details of the warranties being provided should be taken in writing.
Customers should be clear if the contractor is unable to provide all the services in the roofing project on their own, then will they be subcontracting the project? They should ask the contractors who will be working on their project, does the sub-contractor has sufficient expertise and credibility to do the work, will the sub-contractor be paid timely to eliminate chances of mechanic’s lien on the property, etc. It is advisable to select contractors who can provide all the services needed for roofing on their own and not hire sub-contractors.
Pricing is Not the Only Criteria
Pricing should not be the sole criteria for selecting contractors. A lower quote may mean poor quality of materials to be used and poor quality of workmanship. Focus on selecting the contractors should be on quality and not only on price. Poor quality of work and materials will prove costlier in the long run due to frequent repairs and fixes.
Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Ratings
The contractors should be evaluated for their ratings on the BBB website. Contractors having a high score and good track record should be selected for the roofing work.
A roofing contractor has to be reliable and should have a good track record. It is important to work with the right people to get the desired results. Roofing is an important activity that should only be awarded to contractors who have sufficient technical know-how, expertise, and good reviews. This will ensure quality work which will be durable and make the customers satisfied.
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