Five Tips to Hiring Roofing Contractors

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Is your roof in need of repair? Are you having difficulties climbing up on your roof to repair it yourself? If you need to hire someone to repair your  roof  or install a new one, the following information will be useful when you are searching for a  roofing  company or  contractor  to hire for the job.

1. Make sure the  roofing   contractors  you consider are licensed to do  roofing  work. Sometime  roofing   contractors  will bid lower if they are not properly licensed. It is important to find out about their contractor’s license as well as other pertinent credentials before you hire them. You can usually find their license number on their business card, on their letterhead, or on an estimate that they write up for you. If they are properly licensed, they won’t hesitate to provide you with the information. However if they don’t, then chances are they will fabricate some story as to why they do not, promising that they will show it to you the next time they come to your home.

2. Call and verify the contractor’s license. Anyone can produce a few numbers and call it a business license, but you need verification of this information and should call the state licensing board for the information they provide you with. Do not allow them to start working until you have verified all the necessary information.

3. Liability insurance is a must. If the contractor has a genuine business license, they should also have liability insurance. Never let a contractor do any work until they show you proof of insurance. This is necessary in case an accident or injury occurs while they are working on your roof. Additionally, it is imperative that all of their employees be covered by their insurance policy.

4. Ask for references and call and call them. Chances are, they are not going to give you the names of problem customers who were not satisfied with their work, but you should still ask for references and call them. When you call the references, ask about the person who performed the work, the type of work they did, if there were there any problems, and if those problems were corrected in proper and satisfactory fashion.

5. Ask for an estimate before work is started and find out the type of warranty they provide on their product and their work. Make sure you have some guarantee that the estimate will be the end amount that you pay.

Remember that trust is critical, so you need to verify all information and ensure that they are not lying about anything they have told you. Make notes of every comment in case there are problems or if the contractor denies doing what they had promised. When the work is finished, write a letter of recommendation for the  contractor  that worked on your  roof . This helps to verify that you received the work exactly as promised and at the price you were quoted on the estimate.

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Source by Mark Stern