After a storm, a huge obstacle homeowners face when looking to fix or replace their roof is choosing the right company to do the job. Time is of the essence, especially after a natural catastrophe occurs. However, that does not mean the process of picking the right contractor should be taken lightly. You need to be sure to do your research. Below are several rules to follow to ensure that you find a reputable contractor post-storm.
Get referrals. To avoid scams that are often caused by fly-by-night contractors, ask your friends, family, and neighbors for local, reputable companies. When you have compiled a decent list of contracting contacts, take a moment to research each individual company and investigate what they have to offer.
Licensed and insured. It is important that when you hire a roofing contractor, they are licensed and have worker’s compensation. Make sure that they provide you with proof. Not having proper insurance and workers’ comp can create liability for you if a contractor employee sustains an injury while working on your property. All of this can be avoided by hiring a legitimate company to do the job.
If you live in a state that requires contractors to obtain a roofing license, make sure the contractor you are choosing has one. As part of your due diligence, it is also important to check their company website as well as the National Roofing Association or Better Business Bureau. Look at online reviews to see how a company conducts themselves when a problem arises and what they do to solve them.
Pay your deductible. Any contractor who claims they can “waive” the fee without having the homeowner pay their insurance deductible is committing fraud and will be placing you as the homeowner at risk.
Know your choice of materials. You should always do a material and color select with the contractor that you choose to hire. A contractor who does not offer you different shingle options is not looking out for your best interest. If covered by insurance, this is the perfect opportunity to upgrade or pick a color/style that better suits your tastes.
Sign a written contract. It is always good to have everything written down in a contract before the work begins. The contract should include the duration of the work, materials used, cost, when the cost is due, who is responsible for the waste and clean-up form the job, and the length of your roofs warranty.