When counting your blessings we are always thankful for food, family, and a roof over our heads. Having a roof is indeed something to be grateful for. Keeping your roof in good condition and doing repairs is no small task. It is a costly project and before hiring a roofer you should do extensive research and consider all the aspects.
Is the Contractor Licensed?
Why should a roofing contractor be licensed? Roofing is extremely dangerous work, having a license proves that your contractor is qualified and knows what he is doing. A license also ensures that he is registered with the correct authorities and all legal aspects have been checked.
Compare different contractors and see how the quotes relate to each other. For a cheaper quote make sure good quality products are being used and when a quote seems excessive try and negotiates the price to one that suits your budget.
Is your contractor insured?
Most countries require a roofer to be bonded and insured. If he is bonded it means he will have finances if something goes wrong and you take him to court for damages. Insurance means if someone gets hurt you will not be held accountable for the medical costs.
Check references and online reviews
Because repairing and installing of a roof is such a big expense, I would advise you to check all references given and if possible go and have a look at previous jobs that have been done. Friends and family may also have recommendations on contractors they have used; look into all the recommendations and make an informed decision.
Who will do the work?
Does the contractor have his own crew or will he be using a subcontractor? If a subcontractor will be used please ensure you check their paperwork as well. It is also very important to do a criminal background check on everyone that will have access to your property.
Make sure you have a written quote that includes the start and finish date; materials to be used with a detailed price; workmanship and material guarantees as well as a cleanup expectation.
Deposit and payment
The deposit paid should not be more than 25 to 33 percent of the estimated end amount. Please ensure that you keep all receipts.
Length and types of warranty
If you have a new roof put on you should insist on a warranty. If it is just a small section that needs repair you can discuss warranty options.
Make sure about your fine print and the conditions of the roof repair. Many customers have been caught off guard when roofs give further problems like leaking, and the contractors insist it is not their problem.
Make sure he is an expert with the material
There are different materials that can be used to repair or fix roofs. Each of these materials needs a different expertise level and knowledge. Make sure your home contractor knows the product he is going to be working with.