We, humans, are bound to make mistakes. We aren’t perfect after all. But out of all the things where we could make mistakes, doing so when hiring a roofing contractor would probably result in worse consequences than most others. Our house’s roofs may seem like a simple structure at first glance but it is arguably the most complex part. It has at least four distinct parts, each designed to work together to keep the elements out, keep the inhabitants dry and warm, and regulate the internal temperature of the house.
That is why repairing or replacing a roof costs a great deal of money, and hiring a contractor is one of the tasks that you must do your due diligence on. Read on and find out what not to do when looking for a roofing contractor.
Before doing business with a roofing contractor, you should find out everything you can about the company, especially any testimonials and reviews that it has online. The Internet can be a huge help since most of these companies should have a website advertising their firm. Find their actual company site, since there might be more than one, and look for testimonials and reviews. Pay particular attention to the reviews since this is where many of their previous clients comment about their experience with the roofer. If you don’t like what you see, you’ll be thankful that you checked them out before dealing with them.
One of the worst mistakes you can make when looking for a roofer is not dealing with an actual roofer. Sure, there are lots of handymen or contractors on Craigslist which can provide roofing services, but when you’re thinking about hiring them, ask yourself if you want to risk the integrity of your roof just to save a few bucks. That’s because many of these “Craigslist contractors” don’t have the relevant experience to work with your roof.
On this note, you should also avoid doing business with companies that don’t have insurance. The state does not require a company to have work-related injury insurance or workers compensation insurance for them to have a license and start operations so it’s up to you to find out if the firm you have your eye on has insurance. You wouldn’t want to pay for any work injury and wages for the injured worker, would you?
And before you hand them the right to work on your roof, you should have a copy of the contract for the project. Licensed contractors often have copies of the contract ready, with everything including the quote and project timetable in the verbiage. Make sure you agree to the price quoted and the terms and conditions before you sign the contract since it will be a legally binding document.
For all your roofing needs, the Watertite Company Inc. is always ready to work with you. Give us a call at 866-219 3038 and speak with our roofing experts or visit our website at Watertiteco.com and schedule a consult now.