Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 by Danielle Beaver
Buying a new roof or replacing an old one can be an important investment. Considering the average homeowner only replaces their roof once or twice in a lifetime, you’ll want to pick the best possible contractor to do the work. Multiple sources such as: the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, and GAF have also weighed in on how to find a roof contractor; but all say that contractors must be licensed, insured, bonded, and reviewed.
Make sure the contractor is Licensed, Insured, and Bonded in your state — the contractor should be able to provide you with ample proof of their existence. You can always ask for proof of insurance to see that they cover all their employees and subcontractors (that way if anyone gets hurt on your roof it’s not your responsibility).
Look up their reviews on Google, BBB, Angie’s List, HomeAdvisor, etc. — reading reviews from other homeowners can ensure peace of mind. If you hear positive things from another person in your position, you are more likely to go with that contractor (and vice versa). Reviews not only help you decide as the consumer, but also help the business understand how they’re doing!
See that the contractor has a permanent place of business — do your research and see if the contractor in question has a permanent building. If the contractor doesn’t have a permanent place of business then they are likely “storm chasers” from a business who may not have a license or insurance. Storm chasers are normally defined as contractors who seek out areas affected by storms to get homeowners’ money.
Ask the contractor about the warranties on their products — most contractors will be happy to explain the warranties their products have. Warranties on certain products (especially your shingles) can help give you peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you’re covered!
Research the contractor’s website — does it look professional? Does it give you enough information to trust the contractor? Do you feel like the website gives enough insight into their work? Do they have REAL pictures or stock photos? Do they have examples of their work? If not, this may be another indicator of “storm chasing.”
Picking a contractor (for any home improvement project) is important because you are both fixing your home in the present and protecting it for the future. You need a contractor that you can trust with your biggest and most important life investment: your home.
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