HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN TRUST YOUR ROOFING CONTRACTOR?
In this day and age, there are many roofing contractors that would love nothing more than to take advantage of you buy taking your money and running before their job is done. What can you do to avoid paying a contractor for work they won’t complete? Here are some good steps:
Key Questions Quality Roofing Contractors Can Answer
The following questions will serve as a baseline for all contractors you interview. If these questions are answered properly, it doesn’t mean they are a quality roofing contractor, it simply means that they are acceptable and can put their name in the pot. These questions are the “price of admission” for contractors interested in working with you.
Ask for the contractor’s business information.
This can include their address, phone number, business license and tax ID number. Some contractors may not be anxious to give out this information, but those that do will be confirming to you that they are a legitimate contractor that operates within the law.
Ask if they belong to any professional organizations.
If they confirm that they are active members of one or maybe even several organizations within the roofing industry, you can feel better about the likelihood that they are up to date on industry standards and are willing to invest in their professional growth, both signs of a quality roofing contractor. We are members of many organizations, most notably SPFA.
Ask about their safety training practices.
This falls under the “attention to detail” characteristics that quality roofing contractors possess. If they don’t train their employees thoroughly in safety matters, they may also be cutting corners on your rooftop. If something as important as safety is being ignored, what else is being ignored?
Get Their Client References and Job History
Ask them for a list of references from past work, and call these references. If they are close by, ask if you can visit the site. These will be their best jobs, so they will give you an idea of what the contractor is capable of. However, they aren’t going to tell you to call on a job they messed up on which makes their references biased.
You may want to perform your own research into their job history as well to get a more complete picture of their portfolio. However you can legally and ethically get in contact with their past customers is recommended during the discover part of the process.
Hiring a new roofing contractor, especially if you have a large building, can be a huge decision for your company. It can last you for decades if they are a quality roofing contractor, and can potentially help or hurt you depending on the quality of your decision. If you’d like any more info or guidance into picking a quality roofing contractor, be sure to contact us. We will certainly give you our references and deal honestly with you along the way.