5 Ways to Ensure You Don’t Get Burned by a Roofing Contractor

5 Ways to Ensure You Don’t Get Burned by a Roofing Contractor
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    When it comes to repairing or replacing your roof, it's important to hire a qualified professional who can complete the job successfully.

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For many people, it can be tempting to hire a local contractor who has flyers posted around town, but without performing enough research, it’s easy to get burned. To ensure that you hire a roofing contractor who you can trust, there are a few ways to protect yourself before they begin working on your home. 

1. Check for a License and Insurance

Although it’s illegal for contractors to perform work without a license in most states, you still want to check their credibility. Ask for their insurance, which should include liability and worker’s compensation, which will protect yourself if someone is injured on the job or there’s damage made to the property. With worker’s compensation included, it will prevent having to pay medical bills out of your own pocket if someone is injured on the job.

2. Request a Written Contract

Although written contracts are not mandatory when hiring someone to work on your home, the document will help to protect yourself by having everything in writing. The contract should include the materials that will be used, the timeframe for the project, and an itemized list of the cost of the roofing materials and labor included. The written contract will ensure that the contractor stays true to the agreement and it can also be used in the court of law.

3. Their Materials Come with a Warranty

Look for a local roofing contractor who offers a warranty on the materials that are used to ensure that they maintain their quality for a number of years. The warranty should cover a minimum of 25 years to ensure that major repairs or a replacement is not needed anytime soon.

4. Ask for References

It’s important to hear firsthand how satisfied the roofing contractor’s previous employers are to ensure that you’ll receive the same service. Ask for a list of references before agreeing to hire the contractor, which United Roofing and other local contractors are often happy to provide you with. You can also ask to see the roofs that they’ve worked on in the local area to ensure that you’re pleased with their work. 

Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints made against the contractor and how the complaints were handled.

5. They’ll Obtain the Necessary Permits

It’s illegal to begin work on your roof through a contractor without the necessary permits obtained through the city. Your contractor should be willing to obtain all of the permits independently and even cover the costs involved.

To ensure that you’re satisfied with the new roof that you have installed on your home, it’s important to hire a contractor who you can trust. Although you may use a reference from a family member or friend, it’s important to research their background and check their qualifications to ensure that you don’t get burned in the process.

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