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  • Insurance- Your home is a very valuable investment.  Don’t put that investment at risk by exposing yourself to on the job injury related litigation or material loss. Make sure whomever you hire has full insurance coverage and that they show you evidence of that coverage before any work is done. When your contactor carries proper insurance you will be free from any job related liability and material losses. Many less than reputable companies carry little or no insurance.
  • Business- A reputable company should have a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax identification number and, where applicable, a business license.
  • License- Some areas require that a contractor be licensed to do business. Check you local regulations to see if a license is required and, if so, make sure your roofing contractor is presents proof licensing.
  • Track Record- Try to select a company that offers client references and or a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied.
  • Preliminary documentation- Insist on a detailed, written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures.
  • Materials- Review all the warranties for the products to be used in your roofing project. Pay particular attention to any provisions that might void the warranties.
  • Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality-control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge of your project, how many workers will be required and estimated completion time.
  • Hands-on, Quality driven over profit driven, Experience, Diversity, Accountability.
  • Look for a roofer that has good communication skills. You want someone that you can talk to about your project, that will readily answer all your questions and that will keep you informed every step of the way. Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, a finished job you may not be happy with and unwelcome surprises on your final bill.
  • References- . A reputable roofing contractor will be happy to provide you with a list of previous customers. Just be aware that you’ll most likely be getting a list of satisfied customers. It’s not in any contractor’s best interest to give you the contact information for unhappy customers.
  • Guarantee- A quality roofing contractor should be happy to guarantee their work. Make sure you get that a guarantee in writing for your the project.
  • Cleanup– Does the roofing company crew clean up the job site? If they need to remove old roofing materials is the clean up included in the cost? Some contractors are very fastidious and will clean up the site as they go. Others may wait until the end of the job which can leave your property looking unkempt and can also create a hazard.
  • Contract– A reliable contractor should be happy to put it in writing. Sealing a deal with a handshake is nice but you still need to have everything in writing. Things to be covered in the contract will be the scope of the project, a full listing of materials to be used and their specifications, start date, completion date and an itemized list of cost for all materials and labor.

In addition to protecting your home from the elements, a properly installed roofing system adds beauty and value to the most important of investments- Your Home.