Tips to Help Choose the Right Roofing Contractor
The biggest hurdle property owners have when looking to fix or replace their roof is hiring the right contractor. After a damaging monsoon storm, they need to fix the necessary roof repairs, but that doesn’t mean they should just hire the first contractor that knocks on their door. Finding a roof installation contractor that is trustworthy, honest, and professional might sound hard – but if you ask the right questions and do your research, it can be easier than you think.
Roof Installation Companies
Homeowners should follow these important tips to guide them in finding a company that is reputable and can be trusted to protect their home and their investment.
1. Get local referrals. There is much less chance for potential problems or of being scammed when you choose a roofing contractor from your local area. They’re more familiar with local rules and code regulations and should have relationships with local crews and suppliers.
2. Look for manufacturer designations. Manufacturer designations are considered a badge of honor because the contractor has to pass certain minimum requirements to become factory certified, although, some manufacturers have more stringent requirements than others.
3. Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Registrar of Contractor ratings. Some contractors show up right after a monsoon storm trying to find work, so it’s very critical to look them up on the BBB website and be sure they have a good score. Stay far away from contractors who do not exist on BBB.org, or have existing documented issues at the Registrar of Contractors.
4. Get extensive warranties. Not all roofing contractors offer manufacturer warranties that include coverage of the contractor’s workmanship. If a contractor installs the roof poorly, it could take months or years for the problems to show up – and insurance isn’t going to pay for it. If the contractor refuses to fix it, or worse, they’ve gone out of business, your only recourse is to pay for fixing their poor installation yourself.
5. Check for proper licensing and insurance. The contractor needs to have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate to you to validate it. If they don’t have adequate insurance, it could potentially lead to legal issues between the contractor and property owner if a roofing employee sustains an injury at the job site. Most states require licensing for contractors, but that doesn’t stop unlicensed contractors from trying to do roofing work. In states where licenses are required, make sure your contractor provides you with a copy of their license and confirm their status online.
6. Pay your insurance deductible. Any roofing contractor that claims they can do the repairs without having the property owner pay their insurance deductible is committing insurance fraud and putting the property owner in danger. The insurance deductible is the insured’s responsibility, and the contractor should reflect that in the estimate without inflating the quote to cover all or part of the deductible.
7. Handle your own insurance claim. A roofing contractor that says they are “claims specialists” or can “take care of your insurance claim” could be breaking the law. In most states, it’s not legal for contractors to act on behalf of the homeowner when negotiating an insurance claim. Any contractor who exposes the customer to potential legal problems is not acting in their customer’s best interest.
8. Don’t give in to sales pressure. Look out for contractors that pressure you to sign a contract before your insurance company has estimated the damage. Some contractors say they can work with whatever amount your insurance company settles on, but the property owner needs to make sure it’s not just any amount, but the correct amount. The contractor should thoroughly inspect the property and check that the insurance adjuster didn’t miss any obvious damage.
9. Know your material choices. A contractor who doesn’t offer you different shingle or tile options is not looking out for your best interest. The style and color of the shingles and tiles you install can greatly affect the resale value of your home. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof, it could be the perfect time to make a change and upgrade to a more unique style and color that perfectly suits your taste.
New Roof Installation Contractors
To set up a free consultation and estimate with a professional, licensed roofer you can trust, call Mikku and Sons Roofing at (623) 465-1068.