How many of us know how to find a good roofing contractor? Not many. Conducting preliminary research will ensure the quality of the roof over your head. Homeowners need to double check for proper insurance, warranty, license, and right-to-rescind documentation before signing a legally binding contract.
While cost is a main concern for many homeowners, the cheapest option is not always the best. Insurance needs to be included in the roofing contractor’s bill. Both workers’ compensation and liability coverage will protect you and the construction crew in the case of an accident. You should ask to see certifications and call the insurance provider to ensure the legitimacy of the plan. Insurance increases the cost of projects, but it provides a security blanket that reduces long-term financial risks.
Many companies offer five-year warranties on their work. Warranties, however, are only as reliable as the company that issues them. In some cases, a company may move, close, or be unreachable when a serious problem arises. The document could also be written in a manner that includes legal gray areas, which release the construction crew of obligations to complete free repairs. When choosing a roofing contractor, local crews with reputable reviews are the best option. Consider asking for references from past clients. A business with an established reputation and positive online reviews is more likely to provide dependable service. At the end of the day, a warranty is just a piece of paper. Its real value relies on the quality of the company.
For quality work that will last, you need to find a licensed company. Not every state regulates certifications. Research the laws in your state and make sure your roofing contractor is up to date on all legal requirements. In fact, some city governments have further regulations to control construction. Material manufacturers also provide continuing education courses and certifications for contractors. These are not legally required, but prove that the company is concerned with the latest industry trends and is knowledgeable about the products they will be installing. A business license, it is important to note, is a document for tax purposes. It does not reflect the quality of services you will receive.
Before signing a contract, make sure it includes a right-to-rescind. This clause gives homeowners the ability to cancel the project, within a certain timeframe, without penalty. Some states require this clause to be in all contracts, but timeframes may vary. Generally, three days is the limit for cancelation without fines. If this period passes, the roofing contractor has the right to ask for a certain percentage value of the expense of the entire project.
These technicalities are crucial for a quality, professional project. A reliable company will have insurance coverage, solid warranty documentation, certifications, and a binding right-to-rescind. Do not make a mistake that will hurt the structural integrity of your home.