You can’t put it off any longer, it’s time to get that new roof on your house. Are you sticking with the same roofing system or changing it up? It’s amazing how a roof choice can completely change the aesthetic aspect of your home. Have you spoken to your roofing contractor about the pros and cons of your choice? What’s more, have you even gotten someone lined up for the job?
If you’re thinking about a new roof, it’s probably the time of year when others are as well. You should find your guy and get in line. Before you just take the name at the top of the search results, however, we’d like to share seven things you should consider before you sign on the dotted line.
A business owner that is true to their trade wants to promote their trustworthiness. Roofing contractors that are licensed, bonded, and insured value integrity. A company that places value on these documents should be esteemed.
On the other hand, companies that can’t produce such documentation warrant further research at the least. Fly by night companies that intend to heist your hard earned monies and disappear exist. Hopefully, when you inquire and they can’t produce the documentation, they will disappear, however, you might consider reporting them to local authorities. Your call might help identify scam artists in the neighborhood.
These include everything from city and state licensing required to operate a business to training certifications achieved from independent companies. For instance, roofers may specialize in several brands and have attended the specific installation course the manufacturer provides.
When a company is bonded, it means that a secured amount of money is set aside should someone file a claim against the company. The money is controlled by the state, by way of a bond, and the company is not in control of it.
Moreover, individual employees are sometime bonded, as well. You often see this in the financial industry when employees are apt to handle large amounts of cash. After an extensive background search, the employer is insuring that their employee won’t steal. If bonded by an insurance company, they mark you as trustworthy.
Carrying the proper insurance should not even be a question. Roofing is a dangerous occupation. If a contractor is not covering his employees and his business, they are not the one for you. Safety is in no way their top priority.
In addition to documentation for the above, it’s wise to find out how long the contractor has been in business. Years on the job equal experience in the field. You want someone who knows what they are doing.
It is not out of line to ask for customer references. There is no better guarantee than that of someone who has worked with this company and received what they paid for. By the way, people definitely aren’t shy to say what they think online! Researching the company on your own can provide a wealth of customer information as well.
There is no reason why you shouldn’t inquire whether or not the company background checks employees. They provide a wealth of information as to someone’s past.
These people are coming to your home.
You have every right to hold your family’s safety in the highest regard. Knowing that they are who they say they are provides a sense of security.
Being able to ascertain that an employee is drug free is a big deal. Employers that drug test do so to provide the safest work environment possible. In fact, David Bell, CEO, USA Mobile Drug Testing, was quoted recently saying, “Doing everything you can to ensure a drug free workplace is a safety issue, both, on-site and off.”
We agree with him!
When a representative of the company answers your question with a sense of pride in their voice, you know that they are doing everything they can to ensure their employees are not only drug free, but that they guard against safety hazards in every way. Not to mention, there is a trustworthiness issue, as well. Drug users that become caught up in addiction, for instance, might steal to support their habit.
“Providing CPR and First Aid training courses for employees gives them an added sense of security. They may not even realize it at the time. But if they ever need to respond in an emergency situation, knowing the appropriate action they need to take will pay off tenfold.” ~Donna Wishart, Owner, Wishart Safety
We stand by that statement too, because accidents happen.
If employees receive training in first aid and CPR, chances are they will respond immediately if presented with an emergency situation. A company that provides employee training is an indication that they care about employees and customers alike.
Even if you found a roofing contractor that has an A+ in response to the above, it’s a good idea to gather a few estimates from area contractors. Getting the best value for the money you spend plays a part in responsible home maintenance.
Who knows? If they know you are seeking more than one quote, they could offer additional discounts. That should not be a red flag moment, by the way. If contractors are measuring up to all your questions so far, odds are greatly in your favor that they just want to add you to their satisfied customer list.
When discussing the cost of your new roof, make sure to mention your maximum budget. If this number needs to include any unforeseen damages, your contractor needs to know it up front. Making adjustments to the cost to incorporate all aspects of the upcoming job keeps every one happy in the long run.
After answering all your questions and determining you’re ready to commit, don’t bring up the contract first. Your roofing contractor should offer you a written contract outlining all the particulars you discussed.
If this is not the case, get out of there.
Reading the document in its entirety is a wise idea, too, by the way. We assume that you knew that already, but felt it needed a mention.
Choosing a roofing contractor is an important decision, but if you do some research and ask a few pertinent questions, there’s no reason to give it another thought.
Well, except for thinking about how awesome your new roof is going to look. You might think about that a time or two.
Michelle Williams believes construction is in her DNA. She spent many happy summers on the job site alongside her dad. As time passed, writing became her first love. However, she doesn't hesitate to strap on the tool belt and tackle a project on the side. Her kids love the playhouse!
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