The roof over your head is one of the most important features of your home. Other than protecting you and your family against harmful elements, it also adds value to your property. However, as your roof is subject to damage brought by frequent exposure to changing weather conditions, it is likely that it will require some repairing and maintenance. Such a process entails the skills of a professional contractor to ensure that every problem is addressed. Sadly, while there are roofing contractors who can give you efficient service, there are also those that will leave you frustrated and with immense expense. Between the two, you would want to go for the first than actually fall for the latter.
Knowing the difference between the professionals and the scammers is not all difficult. Below are some steps you can take to avoid the sting.
Learn to check insurance – Get the carrier and policy number of your prospective roofing contractor and see if it is up to date and provides coverage for the company and its workers.
Check certifications and permits – Be sure that they have the license to do the work from roofing regulatory boards or from national or local organizations. Also check on any manufacturer’s certifications and see if there are any complaints filed against the roofing contractor. As for the permits, it will be best if the contractor is the one holding them as most town and building inspectors consider permit-holders to be ultimately responsible for the work.
Get referrals – If your friends or neighbors have recently had their roof installed or fixed, ask them for referrals and know what their thoughts are about the contractor. This way, you can have an insight how a contractor provides its services.
Be on the know about the work needed to be accomplished – Many homeowners fall for scam roofing contractors because they do not know the scope of work that must be done with their roofs. To avoid this, it pays to know what materials, practices and special kills the job will entail. Nevertheless, doing your own inspection will allow you to know how much work is meant to be done.
Gather the most information you can – Look at ratings and different prices of roofing products and then find out what materials the contractor are going to use so that you can lock in a price. Also, know the range of work they will do and who will actually do the job.
Request a written contract – The contract should indicate the details of the work and the agreed price. Likewise, a process for how to handle additional work or materials that can add up to the costs should be included so that you will know what to expect.
Ask for post work inspection – Ask the contractor or an industry organization member to come after the roofing service is done to do an inspection. This is to ensure that the job is done according to industry standards.
The article was written by Robert Swan who runs Roofing Company in Scotland, providing their services throughout the UK. His roof coatings company also carry out a wall coatings service to customers all over the UK.