One of the biggest problems homeowners confront when they need to replace or fix their roof is finding the right contractor for the job. When it comes to situations like storm damage, homeowners are looking to get back to normalcy as soon as possible. However, rushing into fixing or replacing a roof can lead to serious problems, especially if a homeowner does not end up with a reliable roofing company.
It can be difficult to figure out which contractors are reputable. That is exactly why homeowners should consider these tips when choosing the best roofing company near them.
If you request for local referrals, this mitigates several possible problems (or even scams) down the road. Local contractors will be more familiar with local rules and regulatory codes. They will also have working relationships with local suppliers and work crews. Plus, they will have a list of local customers ready to recommend their work.
Manufacturer designations are seen as badges of honor for contractors. In order to qualify, contracts have to pass minimum requirements. Once they do, they are considered factory-certified. Some manufacturers are pickier than others, so it helps to check for a number of designations.
It is not unheard of for certain contractors to move into areas after natural disasters to find work. However, that does not mean they are reliable. Check their Better Business Bureau (BBB) score to see if they are reliable. If a contractor does not exist on BBB, think carefully about whether to hire them. Some manufacturer designations even require that contractors maintain positive BBB scores.
Some contractors cannot offer manufacturers’ warranties to cover their workmanship. If contractors install roofs incorrectly, it can take months or even years for the neglect to appear. In this case, insurance may not cover it. If a contractor refuses to repair the damage or has gone out of business, the only choice is to pay to fix the mistake.
Contractors lacking training and safety programs are not an ideal choice. Check to see if the contractors you are considering have a reputation for safe work sites and excellent craftsmanship. Your safety should always be a priority when it comes to home repair.
Contractors should have an insurance policy to cover their employees and subcontractors. They should be able to give you a copy of their insurance certificate on request. Inadequate insurance can lead to litigation between you and the contractor if an employee or subcontractor is injured on the worksite. Most states require contractors to be insured, but unlicensed contractors still try to get jobs and create problems. Make sure you request an insurance certificate and verify it online. Contractors should make clear that homeowners will pay their insurance deductible; any other claim is simply insurance fraud.
Contractors who say they are claims specialists or can handle insurance claims for you are quite possibly breaking the law. It is illegal in most states for contractors to act on homeowners’ behalf when negotiating insurance claims. Contractors who might create possible litigation are not worth the time.
Avoid contractors who pressure you to sign contracts before your insurance company estimates the damage. Certain contractors will say they can work with whatever your insurance provides. However, make sure that it is the right amount. Contractors should examine your home thoroughly and make sure insurance adjusters do not miss any damages.
Contractors who do not offer you different shingle options are not giving you the best service. Shingle style and color can actually affect your home’s resale value. If your insurance company is covering the cost of a new roof, it is a good time to upgrade your roof.