Best practices for hiring a roofer
When you hire a roofer, you are essentially putting the safety of you and your family in his or her hands. Not to mention, you're also probably putting a big dent in your bank account to have the project done. Because a roofing project can be such a huge investment of your time and your well-being, it is not a decision that should be taken lightly.
A roofer with a poor work ethic and a lack of passion for the job may cut corners while performing your roofing project, which can diminish the quality of the roof and even put you and your family in danger of a collapse, leak or other common malfunction resulting from a poorly constructed roof. To avoid unwanted consequences, you should always take proper precautions when hiring a roofer.
Before hiring a roofer, you should always perform an extensive background check. Part of this check will involve verifying the contractor's credentials. Although you can always ask the roofing contractor upfront, you will likely find a more accurate review from your local chamber of commerce. You can contact the chamber of commerce and ask whether or not a roofing contractor you are considering is a member and for how long. From there, you can ask your prospective contractor what the name and contact information is for his or her supplier, and find out whether or not this contractor is in good standing with the company.
This same method can also be applied to finding the contractor's insurance agent to determine the contractors standing with the insurance company. The contractor should also be able to provide you with his or her licensing number, which can be verified by calling the official license board for your state.
Finally, you should verify the quality of a roofing contractor by asking for his or her personal and professional references. If the contractor doesn’t have any available, this is usually a bad sign. One of the best ways you can ensure you're hiring a quality roofing contractor is by simply asking around in your neighborhood or checking Angie's List. Recommendations from friends, family and neighbors are usually some of the strongest indications of a good roofer that will be worth your investment.