Choosing a Licensed Roofing Contractor
Finding qualified roofing contractors can be a challenge because many roofing contractors are unlicensed, uninsured and lack proper training. Unfortunately, many misguided homeowners hire them, thinking that they are competent. The end result is a poorly installed roof. If you’re in the market for a roofing repair or replacement, learn how to protect yourself. Read the tips below for how to find and choose a licensed roofing contractor.
Who Are Roofing Contractors?
Whether you need roof repair for your residential or commercial property, professional roofing contractors are the best way to go. Professional roofing contractors, also known as roofing consultants, will guide you through the process of selecting a new roof. Roofing contractors also handle small roof repairs, such as replacing missing or loose shingles. In almost every state, roofing contractors are required to have a license, liability insurance and a workers’ compensation certificate.
Tips for Choosing Roofing Contractors
1. License – Make sure that the roofing contractor has a valid license. Some states have specific licensing requirements, and some cities require additional licensing. For example, roofing contractors in Michigan are often required to have several licenses (a builder’s license, a license to work in the city of Detroit, etc.). Ask to see the roofer’s license.
2. Insurance – Roofing contractors must have a valid insurance policy. This is extremely important. If a roofer gets hurt while working on your roof and he does not have insurance, then you could be liable. Ask to see copies of the roof contractor’s liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates and make sure that the coverage is in effect through the duration of the job. Do not hire any roofing contractor who does not have valid liability insurance.
3. Detailed Proposal and Contract – Make sure that your roofing contractor gives you a detailed proposal and contract. Costs should be broken down. The proposal should also include starting and end dates and payment procedures. If you have a small roof repair, you should still request a detailed proposal of the work to be done, even if the roof repair is under warranty.
4. References – Asking for references will allow you to hear from previous customers if they were satisfied. Try to get recent references. You can also ask for the addresses of homes in your neighborhood where the roof contractor completed work. You can then drive by and get a first-hand look at the work. A good roofing contractor will be proud of his work and should be willing to provide you with this information.
5. Recommendations – Recommendations from trusted friends or family is one of the best ways to choose a roofing contractor. Inspect the job to be sure it was completed to your standards. Always validate the roofing contractor’s insurance and license, as it could have expired from the time the work was completed on your family or friend’s house.
6. BBB – The Better Business Bureau is an excellent resource for homeowners who are seeking information about the quality and performance of local roofing contractors. Check with your local BBB branch for possible complaints filed against the roofing contractors you are considering.
7. Websites – Check out roofing contractors’ websites. One of the most reliable sources on the Internet for finding qualified roofing contractors is reviews websites such as RoofingNetworks.com. Our roofing consultants are pre-screened, licensed and recommended by consumers like you.
8. Approved Applicator – Check to see with which manufacturers the roof contractor is a licensed or approved applicator. Most roof systems require special application expertise to achieve lasting quality of their products.
- Estimate the cost of materials, and see roofing manufacturers and suppliers.
- Read tips for hiring home improvement contractors on Networx.com.
- Tips for hiring roofing contractors from The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).