How to Select a Roofing Contractor

Selecting a roofing contractor is about as important a decision as choosing the materials for the required work. You need to work with a contractor who can understand your needs and can also discuss application techniques with you.

If you are looking for a roofing contractor, start by asking your friends and acquaintances who’ve had similar work done. Their feedback will be candid, and they won’t mince words when offering suggestions. In the event that you are undertaking this kind of work for the first time, solicit more than one bid and compare them thoroughly.

Once you’ve narrowed down a list of contractors, take your time to evaluate each one carefully. Ask about their credentials, licenses, certifications, and the number of projects they’ve completed. A professional roofing contractor will not shy away from providing any of this pertinent information.

Always check the contractor’s state license number and, if possible, ask for a copy. Then be sure to conduct a cross check with the local licensing board. The contractor should be bonded and insured before he starts any work.

Find out if the contractor has previously installed or worked with the product or materials you are interested in. If he has, ask him for addresses of previous projects so you can verify the quality of his workmanship.

Insist on a clearly written, detailed estimate and contract as opposed to a verbal promise. All materials should have corresponding brand names, quality, grade, color and length of the manufacturer’s term of warranty. This will safeguard you in the event of any problems that may come up during the roofing process, and provide you with the necessary documentation needed to verify and follow-up on your agreement with the contractor.

Last, but not least, it is not prudent to issue payment until your roofing project is completed. You can offer to pay in installments if the roofing project is to be done by sections and phases.