The biggest hurdle when it comes to roofing repair, replacement, or installation is actually choosing the right roofing contractor to do the job. Everyone has heard a contractor horror story or two, and it has made everyone a little more diligent in choosing the right contractor for the job. When you are looking for a roofing contractor in your area, there are a few essential tips to keep in mind.
Better Business Bureau Accredited
Your first step when looking for any local contractor, roofing or otherwise, is to look them up in the Better Business Bureau. Finding accreditation for them lends to their legitimacy and is sort of an official stamp that the business has a certain level of trust in the community. If you cannot find any accreditation for them in the BBB, it is a major initial red flag.
You have a lot more options than just your standard asphalt shingle these days when it comes to roofing. In truth, you will likely have questions, and some of the best contractors will be happy to answer them. They will walk you through all the options available through their company, the benefits of each and any potential disadvantages. They will also give their recommendations based on your home, area, and price range.
Proper Safety Training, Licensing, and Insurance
A good roofing contractor will walk you through what licenses they hold, the safety training their employees go through, and will be able to provide insurance certification for all their employees and subcontractors. Roofing can be a dangerous job if proper safety training is not followed and a contractor that is shifty about their insurance is just asking for messy litigation if one of their workers gets hurt.
Part of a roofing contractor’s job is to sell themselves to you so they can get your business. However, some do this by putting pressure on you to choose them so you don’t realize you can shop around. A good roofing contractor will not pressure you for your business until they can look at your roof. They will be upfront with your roofing needs specific to your home as well as the price. They will also walk you through when it can be done and how long the work will take to allow you to make the informed decision to choose them.