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Choosing a Qualified Roofing Contractor for your Roofing Needs

Choosing a qualified roofing contractor for your roofing repair or replacement can be tricky. While your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, it can be the the most expensive to maintain. Your roof is the first line of protection for your home against the weather which makes it imperative to hire the roofing company that best fits your needs. Because there are so many roofing companies in the industry, here are some important tips to consider when you hire a roofing company for your needs.

Research Potential Roofing Contractors

While researching a contractor, be sure to check reviews from reliable sources like Angie’s list and Google. Look at company reviews, their website, mannerisms and certifications.  For instance, if someone has been dis-satisfied with a roofing company, the reviews will show. Most contractors should be licensed and prepared to offer you with at least three references validating their good work.

Check in on the Legal Documentation of a Contractor

Check the legal documentation of your contractor and crew. Make sure they are covered by worker’s compensation.  In some circumstances, warranties can be voided if your roofing company is not legal.

Secondly, when submitting an insurance claim on your roof, be certain all the necessary steps were taken with your insurance company and that ALL work is approved. This insures that you won’t be left with extra bills due to lack of insurance coverage for each specific work.

Never Pay the Entire Balance Upfront

Never pay the full balance of your roof job upfront. Some contractors will require this of you so do not sign the contract. However, asking for a deposit for good faith or a payment schedule are pretty common and accepted practices.

Also, don’t pay with cash. Homeowners are advised to use a credit card so in a worst-case situation, money can be re-gained without costly litigation.

Closely Review all Contracts and Warranties

Never put your signature on a contract without reading it over in depth. Most reliable contractors will sit with you to explain the terms and agreement. This is to make sure you understand what to expect.

Similarly, homeowners should look over the warranty that comes with the contract. These days, the most sought out roofing companies are manufacturer certified. This allows them to provide a manufacturer warranty on material and labor.

All materials and workmanship should be guaranteed for at least 5 years, and the roofing itself should come with a 20- to 40-year warranty.

Choosing the Right Contractor for Your Roofing Needs

Choosing a qualified roofing contractor is the most important part in starting the roofing process to any home or commercial building.

By talking to several contractors while researching their credentials you can begin to build a trustworthy relationship with the contractor. Also, double check on their legal documents and review all contracts and warranties to prevent problems from slipping through the cracks.

If you are looking for accredited roofing companies, try using Home Advisors, Angie’s List or Networx.

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