Knowing the right roofer to hire for your home can be one of the biggest challenges homeowners face. Even a little daunting. Below is a list of helpful tips to keep in mind when hiring the right roofing contractor.
1. Local Referrals
First and foremost, research your local roofing companies, their referrals and credentials. This will help you avoid scams and not-so-good roofing contractors. These contractors should come recommended, be familiar with local rules and code regulations and have lasting relationships with area suppliers.
2. License and Insurance
All roofing contractors should have insurance for their employees and subcontractors. Not having adequate insurance could potentially lead to litigation between a contractor and homeowner if a roofing employee sustains an injury at the home. Make sure that your roofing contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. If need be, ask to see the certificates and actually call the insurance carrier to confirm that they are valid.
3. Check the Warranties
Manufacturer warranties vary and some cover only the material while others cover the entire system. Most manufacturer warranties also require the contractor to perform warranted repairs for the first few years after the install. Some manufacturers offer extended warranty to protect your roofing investment.
Ask for a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty pertaining to the specific shingle products you’re considering before hiring a roofing contractor.
4. Do Your Research
Do your research by reading the reviews on multiple reputable sources. Check the ratings and read customer’s comments on working with the contractor on multiple websites. Also, be aware of how the company responds, on occasion there may be an unhappy customer that just cannot be pleased. That review may not be an overall representation of the company. Lastly, look at everything as a whole and make your decision based on your initial gut reaction.
5. Paying the Deductible
There are roofing contractors out there committing fraud. How you may ask? Well, by doing the roof repair without the homeowner paying the insurance deductible. The insurance deductible is the responsibility of the insured, and the contractor should reflect that in the quote they give you.
6. Shingle Options
The roofing contractor you choose to fix or replace your roof should provide you shingle options. The style and color of the shingles they install may affect a number of things, including the resale value of your home.
Communication is key to every business and every job. If you aren’t getting what you need on the front end when a contractor is trying to get your business or if they are pressuring you, walk away, that’s a red flag that aren’t a trustworthy contractor.
Oaks Construction is fully licensed and insured. We work with high-quality materials on each roof and installation project we undertake. We are committed to maintaining our reputation in the community for providing professional services at great prices. Interested in a quote? Call Oaks Construction today at 585.247.6257 or message us.