Choosing the right roofing contractor is one of the most important financial decisions you will ever make. You can only replace your roof once every 25 years or so, and deciding which potential roofer will get the contract for your roof can spell the difference between a sturdy, well-made and beautiful roof and a sagging, uneven mess of rafters, sheathing and roofing material. Cutting corners on roofing projects is no fun on the part of the homeowner. So let’s dive right in and take a look at what makes a good roofing contractor.
The first thing you need to know is if the company is licensed for roofing and has a certificate to show for it. Having a license will let customers know that the roofer has passed all the stringent exams that test knowledge and experience on roofing and likely indicates that they do satisfactory roofing jobs that is compliant with state and federal building laws.
You will also need to make sure that the company you are looking to hire has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. It sucks to pay for a work-related injury when you didn’t have to if the contractor only had insurance, especially in a state like Massachusetts where roofers are not required to have insurance to start operations. Make sure that the company will be paying for hospital fees and any lost wages for the worker should an accident happen.
Ask yourself this. Will you trust a company without a physical address? I wouldn’t either. So make sure that the contractor’s site has an address listed. Go to that address so you can be certain that the company is indeed in that location. This is also for you to see if the company has a uniform, which not only adds appeal to the company but also assures you, as a homeowner at risk of home invasion, that the people coming to your home will be uniformed.
You should also ask for testimonials and references from their previous clients. One or two will not cut it. At least three positive testimonials will tell you that this company will do a great job of replacing your roof and will stand by its work. You can also ask questions from previous clients about their workers’ punctuality and behavior on the job.
A company requesting a big portion of the total project cost upfront can be a big red flag for the homeowner. Even if they claim that this is for materials to start work, this is still a big no-no. A business should be able to cover its expenses right off the bat and not wait for the homeowner to provide the funds necessary to start the job. This is why you need a seasoned contractor to do a job you won’t trust anybody else.
Watertite Company Inc. has been in the business for years. Family-owned since 1974, we only hire experienced and knowledgeable people to give the highest quality of service to our clients. Let us know how we can help you with your Needham roofing project by going to Watertiteco.com and scheduling your consultation now.