Choosing a Roofing Contractor

1. Make sure the roofing contractor has a permanent and identifiable place of business, complete with phone number and physical address.
2. Roofing contractors should be knowledgeable about the latest developments in the industry. Ask if the contractor is a member of a local, regional or national association.
3. Require potential contractors to show proof of insurance – for both workers compensation and general liability insurance.
4. Contact state and local licensing boards to insure a roofing contractor has all the appropriate licenses for your area.
5. Ask potential contractors for references of past customers who have the same type of roof system being installed for you. Contact the references to see if the contractor completed the job satisfactorily.
6. Find out if the contractor is an approved applicator for one or more roofing material manufacturers. Ask if the product you choose has an approved applicator program, and if your roofing contractor is certified. Keep in mind that most manufacturers of products for low-sloped (flat) roofs have approved applicator programs, and most manufacturers of shingles and tile do not have these programs.

7. Require the contractor to have a written safety program. An emphasis on safety ultimately lowers the cost of doing business, and further assuresthat your job will go smoothly.
8. A good roofing contractor should have a quality assurance program. Ask who will inspect the work of the crew installing your new roof.
9. Research the contractor’s financial stability. Ask for names of a few of the contractor’s material suppliers and call them for assurance.
10. Most of all, make sure you feel comfortable that the company has the experience and expertise to handle your roof installation.

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