7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor
Do your homework before hiring a roofing contractor
Not all contractors are created equal. We list 7 important questions to ask before you hire a roofing contractor. Save time, money and emotional distress by being prepared. At Storm Guard, we focus on quality and customer satisfaction. We back up every project with an industry leading 5-year workmanship warranty.
1. What’s your state license number?
Before you sign any agreements or make any payments, be sure that you are dealing with a state licensed contractor. You can verify this online or simply by asking the contractor for their licensing information.
2. May I see your certificate of insurance?
Verify your contractor’s insurance by asking for their insurance information and giving their insurance company a call to verify that information. Hiring an uninsured contractor adds unwanted liability to the project.
3. Are you local with a local office?
As a property owner, it’s your job to ensure that you’re receiving the best possible care for your property. Choose a contractor who is local, who’s been around for more than 5 years, and who has a solid reputation.
4. What manufacturer certifications do you hold?
In the roofing industry, you’re going to want to see certifications from the largest roofing material manufacturers in the country like Owens Corning, Tamko or CertainTeed.
5. Are you accredited by the BBB?
Be sure to check that your contractor is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. You can verify this by looking them up on the BBB’s website or by checking the contractor’s website for the BBB Accredited Contractors badge.
6. What professional organizations do you belong to?
Choose a contractor who is a member of professional roofing organizations like the Colorado Roofing Association and who has HAAG Certifications.
7. Do you have current testimonials?
Any solid contractor can provide testimonials and we have lots of them on our website. Visit our testimonials page or any of our social media profiles.
A few more tips to keep in mind
Don’t hire a company that will waive your deductible.
When it comes to an insurance claim, never settle with the lowest bid. In most cases you are wanting to find the most affordable option, when it comes to your roof, that’s not the case. It is your insurance company’s duty to replace or repair your roof to the same or even better condition than it was previously. When you look to go with the lowest bid, you’re most likely going to be going with the lowest quality. And when you’re deductible is the same regardless of quality, you want to make sure you’re getting the best.
Keep copies of all your paperwork
Be sure to keep a copy of any and all paperwork given to you during the claims process. This will help keep yourself and the contractor accountable in everything that is being pursued.
Choose a professional
Use your judgment when it comes to choosing the right roofing contractor. Make sure they dress and act like a professional contractor; are attentive to your needs; respectful of you and your property; and clearly demonstrate they have your best interests in mind.