Homeowners really need to do some homework before hiring a roofing contractor, and you can do this very simply which is using the Internet. There are many great place is online you can check out reviews about roofers, local roofing contractors in your area to make sure they are accredited to install roofs. Most manufacturers do have credential eyes to roofers in local areas, and they have them listed on their website which can be searched by zip codes.
You as a homeowner really need to protect yourself, because some roofing contractors operate illegally if they’re not licensed, and insured with both workers compensation and public liability insurance. It’s your job as a homeowner to make sure that all of the insurance is in place before you hire any roofer. In some states a permits required just to install a new roof, and the only way the permit will be issued is available licensed roofing contractor goes and pulls the permit.
Here are a few tips that I recommend for homeowners who are looking to have a new roof installed. When you first decide to have a roof installed, ask a few people you know if they know a good roofing contractor. This could cause some problems if you hire your co-worker or friend’s family member to install the roof. Just remember when you’re hiring someone to work in your home you can’t take any chances, so make sure that you follow these tips before you hire any roofer.
You can also go online and search for roofing contractors in your local area, and some of them will have reviews but be careful of these reviews because sometimes they can be manipulated with faults reviews. The best way is to go check out the Better Business Bureau once you have a list of names of local roofing contractors in your area. Then create a question sheet for each of the roofing contractors you going to meeting with, and some of the questions should be. Find out if they have a list or references that you can call to check on the workmanship, then require an insurance binder that includes workers compensation and public liability insurance.
Then you’ll want to find out if they have a valid license to operate as a roofing contractor, and you also would like to have some addresses of property they have worked on, so you can drive by and in go see the workmanship for yourself, and maybe stop and talk to the homeowner. Then once you make the decision which roofing contractor you are going to hire to install your new roof, then make sure you have a written contract that is very clear about what’s going to happen throughout the project.
The information that should be on the contract is a complete detailed scope of the job, include materials, underlayment’s and also the exact roofing products that’s going to be used. Many times people get excited about purchasing the new roof, and some of these details are overlooked. If something goes wrong and you have to go to court, and you don’t have all these details written in the contract you may be exposing yourself to unwarranted risks, but also without a written agreement you’ll end up losing in court. And one of the most important items in the contract is your payment schedule, it is not uncommon to have to make an initial payment to get the project started.
This may require an initial payment of about 30% and many roofing contractors do require a deposit, and this is why it’s so important to make sure that you working with a qualified roofing contractor who has completed some jobs in your local area. Another item you will want to have in the contract is the time frame, and once you make the deposit sign the contract you know when the jobs to get started and when it should be completed. Typically a roof installation should only take between one or two days to complete, unless it’s a large complicated roofing system. I hope these tips will help you with your new roof installation, and ask your roofing contractors he would take photos throughout the job and e-mail them to you just for your records.