If your roof needs replacing or fixing, it’s best to call a certified and highly experienced residential roofing contractor. Your roof is one of the many parts of your home that you should entrust only to professionals. When possible, hire a licensed individual to do the necessary repairs to ensure the work will be done correctly and properly.
Hiring a roofing professional uses the same process as with hiring any other types of professionals. Although this can sometimes be time consuming and difficult, especially for those who don’t know much about the roofing industry, it is important. Homeowners can be easily deceived and scammed if they don’t spend time to learn about the industry.
To help you hire a certified residential roofing contractor, here are some questions that you should ask during your first meeting:
How long have you been in business?
You need to know how many years the person or the company has been operating in the roofing industry. This will tell you a lot about them and how they value their work. If they have been performing for more than 10 years, they will most likely continue operating in the coming years. This gives you an assurance that they will still be in business in the future, should any problems arise regarding the repair they did for you.
Do you have a local business address, phone, and email?
It might not be obvious to most people but any business with a local business address, phone number and email address (aside from the personal use of the owner) indicates the business is stable, and continuously developing. It may not tell you how successful the business is, or how professionally they work, but having their own business contact information says a lot about their work etiquette.
Do you hire subcontractors?
A company that hires subcontractors may not have enough licensed and certified roofers to do the job that your roof needs. If this is the case, you will need to ensure that the residential roofing contractor you hire continues to perform their best, even if they hire subcontractors to do other aspects of the job. Keep in mind that some roofing companies have been working with the same subcontractors since they started operating. Some, however, have only recently started hiring subcontractors.
Will you provide a written contract about the necessary job and estimate cost of the project?
It is important that all aspects of the project and steps involved in the necessary repairs, are written and clearly explained in a contract. Most importantly, each cost required and materials needed for the roof repair should also be appropriately documented. The written contract should be prepared by the roofing company and presented to the homeowner for review and approval. The contract will only be drafted at the agreement of both the roofing company and homeowner.
Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau and the Local Chamber of Commerce?
These organizations only provide memberships to certified roofing contractors . Hence, if the roofing professional, you are considering hiring, is a member of these organizations, you can be assured they are genuine, legal and not likely to provide fraudulent services.
Are you registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board?
A roofing company that is registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is definitely what you should choose, over other companies. You can be sure they have liability insurance if they are members of, and in good standing, with this organization.
What other local or international organizations are you a part of?
Contractors who are members of more than one organization and/or trade association, especially international ones, are generally more reliable and trust worthy. It means they spend time to further their geographical boundaries, and that they go out of their way to seek support from larger and international companies.
Do you have certifications to install certain brands of roofing materials and products?
It is better to hire a roofing contractor that has license to install certain products so if you need to use these products for your roof, you will not need to hire an additional professional for the setup and installation of that particular product.
Do you offer emergency service?
If the roofing contractor offers emergency service, he or she has the necessary skills and expertise to respond to emergency repairs and perform repairs quickly and more efficiently.
Can you provide professional references or contact information of your previous customers?
It is important to seek references and contact a contractor’s previous clients to help you further assess the type of work they do, their specialties, and their work etiquette. Most importantly, this will help you determine whether or not the contractor is a good fit for you, your house, and your needs.
Call Florence Roofing Experts now for more information on hiring residential roofing contractors.
Florence Roofing Experts
Florence, SC 29501