Tips for hiring a roofing contractor

Photo of a roofHiring someone for a roofing job is obviously not a task that should be taken lightly. It’s crucial that you do your homework and follow certain steps to ensure positive results. Rachel Willard, a marketing manager with the Better Business Bureau, offers the following tips:

  • Do your research on each contractor you’re considering well ahead of time.
  • Get at least three estimates — but don’t always simply go for the cheapest. Willard points out that certain amounts reflect the contractor’s experience and quality.
  • Check their references. A reputable roofing contractor should have no problem allowing you to speak to a former customer.
  • Make sure each contractor you’re considering has all of the necessary licenses for your state as well as proof of insurance.
  • Go over the contract thoroughly. It should include several details, including the price of each part of the job, any warranties, estimated start/finish dates and an agreement about cleanup and trash removal.
  • After the job is complete, inspect your roof to make sure everything is to your satisfaction. Only then should you make the final payment for the job.