5 Qualities To Look For BEFORE You Hire A Roofer

house_question_markThis one doesn’t need a lot of explaining.  There are good roofers and there are bad roofers.  And with a prestigious top rating from the Better Business Bureau, we’d like to think we know a little bit about good roofers.  Thus, here are 5 MUST-HAVE qualities of a good roofer:

1 — Insurance

Always ask a roofer for paperwork showing current general liability and worker’s compensation insurance before you hire. If they say they don’t have the paperwork available and won’t be able to get it to you before you sign on for the roof installation, move on to another roofer.

2 — Permanence

A permanent place of business is a sign that a roof installer won’t fly by night with your money. That’s not to say roofer installers without permanent locations are all untrustworthy. Everyone had to start somewhere. Nonetheless, a permanent address, phone number, and tax identification number is a good indicator of an established and secure roofer.

3 — Warranties

Warranties are a sign that a roof installation has faith in his or her work. Materials are covered by the manufacturer, meaning a roof installer’s warranty should be taken as a promise of a quality roof installation. Seek out a roofer who offers a warranty on installation of at least two years. The best warranties to look for are companies who are able to provide No Dollar Limit Warranties (NDL) where the labor Is backed by the manufacturer that produces the material. In this case, you don’t have to worry about the contractor going out of business because your warranty is still covered by the manufacturer.

4 — Permits

Government fees, including removal of old roofing materials and other permits to perform the work, can be costly. As a homeowner, you may not be aware of all the permits you need for a roof installation. Make sure the roofer you hire will obtain the necessary permits and cover the cost. This way you know your building is built to the current City Code.

5 — References

Established roofers usually ask clients whether the roofer can give their contact information to use as references for future clients to use as a marketing tool.  Industry experts recommend asking roofer installers for ten references, but not contacting all ten. Pick two or three from the ten to call.

3 comments

  • I’m glad this helps. Workers compensation is the most important when it comes to work injuries. Most companies dont’t have it. Only the companies that will be in business for long term do. Give us a call. 512.789.6317 or my office at 512.843.7663 Thank you.

  • At work, we have been talking about replacing the roof on our business because of its age. Having insurance is very important for our business so that we are not liable for any injury that may happen during the commercial roof installation. I’ll have to be sure to ask to see the insurance and workers compensation insurance in the bids from companies.

  • Thank you for pointing out that a permanent address, a phone number, and tax identification number are important since those are proof that the business is established. I will keep this in mind once I start looking for a roofing professional to work with me. After all, the task that I need to be done is pretty big, and since this is an expensive investment, I want to be sure that the person I rely on to do it is dependable.

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