Updated: Jun 14, 2020
Replacing your roof is a huge investment and to make sure you are getting the job done right you need to find a quality contractor. Often buyers consider the price a major deciding factor, customers sold on price often end up spending more money to fix problems and many of these problems would have been covered under a workmanship guarantee by a reputable established roofing company. Please consider this list prior to hiring your roofing contractor.
Do Your Research – Before you Hire A Roofer
Replacing your roof is a huge investment and to make sure you are getting the job done right you need to find a quality contractor. Often buyers consider the price a major deciding factor. Please consider this list prior to hiring your roofing contractor.
Here are a few questions to ask your contractor prior to hiring them:
1. Insurance is a must
Make sure your roofing company has workers compensation and liability insurance, Ask to see the certificates and actually call the insurance company to confirm they are valid.
2. What type of warranty do they provide?
Is there an additional warranty and what does that cover, do they have coverage or workmanship guarantees due to improper installation?
3. Do they hire sub-trades?
Do they handle the job start to finish of do they depend on subcontractors to perform specific jobs? If so, will they be hiring sub-trades for your job, are these subcontractors insured and carry proper liability insurance.
4. Do they have a list of references available?
Will they provide you with a list of references, or a list of the last 10 clients they completed work for, to ensure these are not hand-picked satisfied clients.
5. Does the price include a maintenance program?
What is considered maintenance and what work would be considered extra costs?
6. Are the workers experienced?
How long have they been in the business are they trained on OHS safety standards and are experienced in this type of installation.
7. Get the Job Details in Writing
Get all the facts, and don't give any funds until the job is completed. Make sure you are satisfied with the results and that the terms of payment were discussed prior to the job and adhered to by both parties.
8. Avoid Storm Chasers
Steer clear of the neighborhood roofer. Pick a roofer from a referral of a satisfied client. Take your time, wait to see the contracts and take whatever time you need to review it.