Guidelines to help you find the right roofers for the job you need doing.
Roof repair or roof installations are one if not the biggest part in any home or building construction, repair, or refurbishment. Roofing could get costly and stressful both on your wallet and your mental well-being if you do not hire the right people to do the job.
Accidentally hiring the wrong people to install or repair your roof might add to the already stressful endeavor.
What Is A Roofing Contractor?
A roofing contractor specializes in repairing, installing, and taking care of anything that relates to the roof of your house or building. From gutters, shingles, or commercial grade roofing, roofing contractors should be able to service all your needs.
You would probably need roofers whenever:
- You need roof repairs
- Your preparing for harsh weather
- You need your roof replaced
- You need to have your roof inspected
- You need your building’s roof installed, replaced, or repaired
As with any collaboration or when hiring people to do a job, it is vital that you connect with the right people. Here are a few guidelines to help you get that perfect contractor for the job you need:
If You Can, Choose Local Companies
Local companies that are part of your immediate community have a general knowledge of local regulations and restrictions. They can operate smoothly compared to contractors that have to adjust to your local rules and codes in your area. It is also a good way to avoid less than reputable companies because they are essentially your neighbors and would not want to soil their reputation, especially near their areas of operation.
BBB stands for Better Business Bureau and contractors are listed and rated on their website. Make sure you check their rating and score before you hire a contractor. If they are not listed in the BBB, then it’s a glaring sign not to do business with them. Companies must maintain a rating in order for them to retain their certifications.
Discuss Warranty Extensively
It could take years after the job has been finished for any faults in installation to show up. By that time your insurance might not be able to cover it anymore or even worst, the contractor at fault has gone under and is no longer around for business. Professional top-tier contractors should offer manufacturer and workmanship warranties.
Ensure They Practice Safety and Have Insurance
Roofing Contactor should have safety training programs and Insurance for their workers and sub-contractors. If a contractor lack any one of these, you’d probably want to check on other companies. This is important for any homeowner to protect themselves and avoid any suit filed against them in the event that a worker sustains an injury during work on their home or building.
Deductibles and Claims
Insurance deductibles are your responsibility as the homeowner and the insured. Some bad contractors might claim that they can proceed with a job without the homeowner having to pay their deductibles is actually committing insurance fraud. The contractor should have the insurance deductible reflect on the estimate.
The same goes for your insurance claims – these are responsibilities of the insured and not the contractor. It is against the law for any contractor to act on your behalf, any contractor claiming to be a “claims specialist” is not a company you’d want to be involved with.
Contractors Should Discuss Your Options With You
A simple decision as a type of material or color of the material could mean raising the value or lowering the value of your property. Get into extensive discussions with your contractor to weigh out all the available options they can offer or source out for you. A contractor that is not interested in informing you of your available choices probably isn’t the best type of person you should be doing business with.
Do Not Enter Into Any Contract Without The Proper Inspections
Some contractors might pressure you into moving ahead with the job without the proper inspections by your insurance provider. Especially if your insurance company is going to pay for your new roof, it is best that you wait for your insurance company’s settlement. A contractor might claim that they can work with whatever figure the insurance company gives, do not fall for this trap, or better yet, find a different contractor.
Finally, Reputation and Credentials.
As with any hunt for any kind of service, it is best you do your research and due diligence. Do not hire the first one that comes along without shopping around and comparing at least their prices and offers. It is not wise to settle right away, give it time. It is a big decision, it could affect the value of your property.
Hire reputable and professional roof contractors. Check their credentials and ask around or surf the web and look for testimonials.
Quality Discount Roofing & Construction is proud to be one of the most awarded Residential and Commercial Roofers in Northeast Florida.
- Owens Corning MVP Top Performer Winner in 2020
- Three-time winner of Bold City’s Best Roofer
- Angie’s List Super Service Award
- Home Advisor Elite Service Award
- “A” rated with the Better Business Bureau
Our goal is to always have each customer aware of their roofing process and provide nothing less than a 5-star-experience. To learn more about our services or get a free roofing estimate now, please visit our website.