How to Choose a Roofer

Choosing a roofing contractor for your home improvement job can be a difficult and time consuming endeavor.  This list of guidelines is provided to help you make a well-informed decision. 

  1. Take the time to visit the contractor's physical place of business.  Verify the contractor is properly equipped to support your roofing needs, both in staff members as well as equipment.

  2. Request proof of Workers' Compensation & General Liability insurance coverage from the contractor.  Ask for copies of both insurance certificates and be  sure to call the agent/carrier directly to verify that the insurance is in good standing.

  3. Insist on a detailed written proposal.  Examine the proposal for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including type of materials, as well as payment procedures.

  4. Read and understand the warranties.  Do they include labor and materials?  How long?

  5. Look for a proven track record.  Does the contractor offer client references and a list of completed projects?

  6. Make sure the contractor is financially stable.  Ask for a list of suppliers to verify payment history.  If a contractor has financial instability it could make your project slow down or stop all together. 

  7. Request a list of roofing manufacturers with which the contractor is licensed and/or approved as an applicator. 

  8. Ask for the contractor to explain how he/she goes about quality-control procedures. 

  9. Maintain a healthy skepticism about the lowest bidder.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

  10. Make sure to call your local Better Business Bureau and your county Code Enforcement to check for any possible complaints filed against the contractor.

 

                                                     Better Business Bureau     (561)842-1918          www.seflorida.bbb.org

       Code Enforcement:

                                                      Miami Dade                        (305)375-2333          www.miami-dadeclerk.com/cef

                                                      Broward                              (954)917-1330          www.broward.org/building/bpi00402.htm

                                                      Monroe                               (305)289.2583          www.monroecounty-fl.gov

We hope that these guidelines can help you make a quicker, easier, and more informed decision about who will be your next roofing contractor for your home improvement project.

Call us at (305) 235-3833

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