Recently, police arrested two individuals for installing roofs in Florida without proper licenses. The two were working together to cash in on the misery that befell the region after Hurricane Irma. Luckily, because the roof installations occurred directly after a natural disaster, the two face felony charges. Cases like this are rare but highlight the importance of researching your roofing contractor before committing yourself to a contract.
Choosing the Right Contractor
Roofs are the first line of safety against the natural elements. If you’re a St. Louis homeowner, be sure your contractor is fully licensed in Missouri. Licensed professionals must uphold requirements to stay current on safety regulations and changes. To choose the right contractor, be sure to ask for recommendations from friends and family. Online reviews are also a great place to find information about companies, good and bad. Metal roofs last from 40 to 70 years, so your new roof is an investment. Be picky about the company you choose.
Questions to Ask Roofing Contractors
Homeowners will typically purchase a roof once or twice in a lifetime, so knowing what questions to ask can be difficult. Before committing to one contractor, call a few different companies and perform mini interviews. The conversations will give you a good idea of how knowledgeable and trustworthy a roofing team is. Consider asking the following questions:
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have proper licensing for the state?
- Do you have past customers I can speak to?
- What past jobs can I see?
- What type of training does the roofing crew receive?
- How long will the roofing project take?
- Does my project require a building permit?
- Will I receive an estimate of charges or an exact number?
- What circumstances might change the quoted price?
- What type of warranty and guarantee comes after installation?
These questions, in addition to online reviews, will help to determine the best contractor for your project. It is always a good idea to ask for proof of licensing before signing a contract. This request won’t offend reputable contractors and will ensure you’re receiving the best service possible.
Thoroughly review your contract before signing. If you have questions or concerns, bring it up before signing. Also, be sure you understand the warranty and procedures for repairs. Some companies and manufacturers offer limited warranties or service plans. Keep all paperwork regarding the roofing for personal records and for new homeowners if you sell your home.