What to Look For in a Roofing Contractor

Many homeowners and business owners need the services of professional roofers to install roofs and maintain or repair them as needed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nation had 197,390 roofing contractors in 2019. That ensures there are many options just about anywhere in the United States, including where you live, but how do you identify a qualified company? If you are among those needing a roofing contractor’s help, here are some things to look for to help hire a good one.

Ample Local History

It’s important to ensure a contractor has a significant local history and is not new to the business. One who has been in business for several years should have many completed projects and a proven record of providing quality roofing services. The contractor should have certifications, such as being an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor or a part of the Better Business Bureau. Those are great sources for ensuring a contractor has a positive local reputation and history.

Work Samples and References

You should ask for work samples and references from a prospective roofing contractor. The contractor should have photographs of what it considers to be better examples of its roofing work. Those work samples should demonstrate quality work that you would be happy to use for your property. The contractor also might have references that you can check to get an idea of what it’s like to work with that contractor and the general manner in which the work was done.

Detailed Estimates

It’s important to get a detailed cost estimate that breaks down the specific costs and where your money would go during the project. You can learn the types of materials and the cost for them. You also could learn how much of the work the roofing contractor would provide, including final cleanup, and the cost for labor. A timeline for the project also should be included but could be affected by bad weather or other similar delays.

Bond and Insurance Protection

Your roofing contractor should have a surety bond and insurance coverage to protect you and your home. A surety bond is through a third party who guarantees the performance of the first party (the roofer) to the second party (you). This protects you against dishonest or unethical practices (e.g., failure to complete the job). The contractor’s general liability insurance protects you against potential damage that might occur during the roofing project. For example, if your home were to suffer accidental damage while the roofers are working, the roofer’s general liability would cover the cost of repairing the damage.

If you’re searching for a dependable roofing company you can trust, you’ve come to the right place. Give us a call today to learn more about our roofing contractor services. We look forward to working with you!

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