Has your roof become damaged or is just old and needs to be replaced? Are you wondering how you can tell if you've chosen the right person or company for the job? As with any industry, there are people who are great, people who are average, and then people who are just trying to get as much money from you as possible. While this last group is thankfully rare, you nevertheless want to avoid getting involved in their shenanigans. Thankfully, it's generally easy to avoid them if you pay attention and look for these things:
No door-to-door sales: In this modern day and age, there is no need for any roofer to go door-to-door in an attempt to sell you their services. If someone comes to your door and offers to fix your roof, turn them down and go look up someone else. There are many legitimate ways to find a roofing contractor, such as through word of mouth, yellow pages, curated online directories, and more. If you use one of those methods, you have some assurance that the person or company that you're hiring or are about to hire is legitimate.
Shows proof of licensing and insurance/bonding: When you choose a legitimate roofing contractor, they will be more than happy to show you their licensing and insurance or bonding information upon your request. This will allow you to see that not only are they officially recognized as being able to do the work, but also that any accidental damage, such as windows being broken by ladders, will be paid for with as little hassle as possible.
Itemized estimate: People who are trying to do work under the table or just extract money out of you may only provide a verbal estimate or, at best, a completely hand-written note with a monetary sum on a piece of notebook paper. On the other hand, a legitimate roofing contractor will be able to provide an itemized estimate on request. They may go back to the office to print out the estimate on the computer or they may write out the initial estimate on an official pre-printed form. It's also possible that they will simply email you the estimate and not bother with any papers until it's time to sign the contract. Any of these options are good, so long as they are itemized, and are signs that you've chosen an actual roofer.Share