Choosing a Home
Before installing a
new roof or having repairs made, carefully evaluate the
contractor to assure the job is done properly. Below are
things you may consider when choosing a contractor:
Do not hesitate to
ask the contractor for proof of insurance. Make sure the
policy is up to date. Many building and home owners have
been dragged into litigation involving uninsured
contractors. Also, if the contractor is not insured, you
may be liable for accidents that occur on your property.
Check for an up-to-date contactor's license.
Look for a contactor
with a proven track record, ask for references.
Insist on a detailed,
written proposal and examine it for complete
descriptions of the work and specifications, including
start and completion dates and payment procedures.
Contact the local
better business bureau to see if any complaints have
been filed against the contactor.
Be skeptical about
bids that are considerably lower than others for the
same exact work. If it sounds too good to be true, it
probably is. Many below-cost bids seem attractive, but
these contactors often perform sub-standard work and are
usually uninsured. Also beware of the “higher is better”
prices. These contractors usually do not install the
roofs themselves, often sub-contacting the work and
profiting for selling the “name brand”. There is only
one way to do a roof, the right way! Remember, price is
only one criteria for selecting a roofing contractor.
Professionalism, experience, and quality workmanship
should weigh heavily in your decision.