8 Safety Precautions Before You Hire a Roofing Contractor

If you are considering getting a new roof, it’s important to make sure you are hiring the right roofing contractor, and that they will be using high quality roofing supplies.

Here are 8 things you should keep in mind as you search for the right roofing contractor.

1. Roofing contractors need a license

When you search for a roofing contractor, make sure they have the license and permits necessary to work in your area. It’s your right to ask to see those documents before you hire a roofing contractor to work on your roof.

2. Roofing contractors need insurance coverage

All roofing contractors should carry liability insurance, and worker’s compensation insurance. If anything should go wrong while they are on your property, their insurance coverage will ensure you that you won’t be the one having to pay for any injuries or damages done to your home.

3. Some contractors have more experience than others

Some roofing contractors have more experience than others. Make sure you are not hiring someone who has only been in business for a year or two, and who has been known to use mediocre roofing supplies to do a mediocre roofing job. You need to hire a professional.

4. You want to hire a contractor with a great reputation

If you want to be sure to hire a roofing contractor with a great reputation, ask your family, friends and neighbours for referrals. If they can’t give you any, go online to read some reviews, and hire a contractor who is known to provide quality services.

5. Your local roofing contractor should use local roofing supplies

If you want to save money, and to be sure your roof will look great, you should try to hire a local roofing contractor who uses local roofing supplies. If there is any problem with the work performed or with the roofing supplies, it will be easy to resolve the situation.

6. It’s important to read the warranties offered by your roofers

You will want warranties for your roof. Be sure to take a moment to read the warranties offered by your roofing contractor, as well as by your roofing supplies manufacturer. It can help you make some informed decisions.

7. You should ask for a written estimate

You want to hire a roofing contractor that will gladly provide you with a written estimate before starting to work on your roof. A written estimate that will detail the work to be done, the roofing supplies used, and the cost of the project will help making sure that everything will be done right.

8. You need to be able to communicate clearly with your roofer

You don’t have to become best friends with your roofing contractor, but you need to hire someone you can communicate clearly with. You don’t want a contractor who won’t be able to answer your questions, or to do what they have told you they would do.

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  • Daphne Gilpin

    Thanks for pointing out that we should ask for a written estimate. My husband and I need to have our roof replaced soon. Your tips should be really helpful through the process of finding a contractor.

    • Juliet Bennett

      I’m so glad you found these tips helpful! Hope everything goes well for you and your husband!

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