When a windstorm blows a tree onto your roof or your roofing tiles are more than 30 years old, you find yourself in a need of a new roof. Your insurance company may limit your selection for a roof replacement contractor, but you should always do your due diligence when hiring a home improvement specialist. Fixing or replacing the roof isn’t the average handyman project. Follow these steps to hire a contractor that will prevent a waste of both time and money.
Step 1: Start a Careful Search
You can get overwhelmed with the names of companies found in an online directory or phone book, but you can narrow the search by asking family or friends for a recommendation. You can also read through the reviews posted online by former customers, or you can research the company through the local Better Business Bureau or sites like Angie’s List.
Step 2: Conduct Interviews
You are going to trust your funds and your family’s safety to the contractor, making it important that you know who they are and what they do. Interview the top two or three companies that have stood out during your research. Ask about their licensing, their years in business, their areas of specialty, and what guarantee or warranty they give to their work. Ask for a complete breakdown of charges when they present a quote.
Step 3: Check Safety and Insurance Requirements
While you may be satisfied with what a contractor is offering for your roof replacement, you need to make sure it passes the tests of insurance requirements and state laws. Roofing materials and replacement may have certain regulations, depending on where you live. Failing to pass an inspection could mean your home is left ineligible for insurance coverage.
Once these steps have been taken, schedule your roof replacement with the selected company and agree on a timeline for completion. Make sure you and your contractor are on the same page to avoid confusion and dissatisfaction down the road.