The cost of most roofing projects can be a major investment in your property. Whether you are a homeowner, property manager, facilities manager or business owner, selecting the right roofing contractor can be a difficult decision. Below is a list of items to consider when hiring a roofing contractor:
- Make sure the contractor is insured and, if necessary, has any licenses or permits necessary to work in your area. Make sure the contractor has general liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage. If the contractor is not properly insured, you could potentially become liable for injuries that occur on your property. Make sure the company has a permanent place of business, business phone and tax ID.
- Ask how long the company has been in business. It’s a good idea to use an established company that has been in business for several years.
- Check the reputation of your roofing contractor. Ask the contractor for references and even addresses of similar projects they have completed. A quality contractor will gladly provide a list of previous work experience.
- Make sure that the contractor is approved by the manufacturer to install the chosen roofing product. This ensures that the contractor installs the products according to the manufacturer’s specifications, and typically allows you the best warranty available for the specific roofing material.
- Ask about the warranty. Does the warranty cover workmanship as well as the material? What is the length of the warranty? What types of damages are not covered by the warranty?
- Make sure you get a detailed estimate of the scope of work to be completed and total amount of time the project will take.
- Never pay the entire project amount up front. It’s a common practice for roofing contractors to require a deposit up front to cover cost of materials and other expenses related to setting up the project. Never pay in full up front, and do not pay in full until the work is complete.
- Don’t make your decision solely based on price. Choosing the cheapest estimate may not be the best decision. Pick a contractor that you are comfortable with that will be around for years down the road to stand by their work and the material they have installed.