Over the years the average home needs a lot of maintenance and repairs. You may have to fix boards on a wood deck, refinish or paint the kitchen cabinets and install new screens to keep the bugs out. There may be remodeling projects that add to your home’s value and make it a more beautiful place to live. And, occasionally, you will face a major repair that is both costly and critical to keeping your house safe and sound.
It is estimated that the average home needs a new replacement roof every 25 to 30 years. When it’s time for a new roof you’ll need to carefully select the best contractor for the job. Your new roof is one of the biggest home investments you will make and choosing the right company for the project will save you money in the long run.
When you are screening and meeting with contractors and getting bids for your new roof, there are important things to look for and evaluate to assure that you select best firm for the job.
How Long Have They Been in Business
Roofing contractors can come and go, and in some states the average roofer lasts only a couple of years. You want to make sure you select a roofing company with a proven track record of serving customers in your area. Find out how long your roofing contractor has been in business and how many new roofs they have installed over the years.
Is Your Contractor Licensed
While the laws in every state are different, in general a roofing contractor must be licensed to operate in the state. Check with your state Department of Consumer Affairs or Contractor’s License board make sure their license is current and valid. These state agencies may also track complaints and adverse actions against the contractor so you can see how reliable and professional they are.
Do They Have Both General Liability and Worker’s Compensation Insurance
A professional roofing company should carry both worker’s compensation and general liability insurance. If they don’t have workers compensation insurance and one of their workers is injured replacing your roof, it’s likely the worker would come after you and your insurance to settle the claim. The contractor’s general liability insurance covers damage to your house and property. You should not hire a contractor without knowing they have the proper insurance policies in place.
What is the Warranty on the Roof
With the high cost of this project you will want to assure that the contractor offers at least a 25-year warranty on your new roof. You should also ask the roofing company for references for roofs done over the years and call some of the older customers to find out if they have ever had any problems with their new roof.
It’s important that you spend the time necessary to select the right contractor to install your new roof. By carefully researching your options, screening the companies and following up on references you will help assure that your contractor is professional and that the job will be done right.