Maintaining your home is a vital part of being a homeowner. When your toilet leaks, you call a plumber. When your lighting goes out, you call an electrician. When your roof leaks or needs an update, you call a roofing contractor. However, with so many contractors vying for your business, it can be difficult to decide which contractor is right for the job. Consider what’s most important before making your decision so you can rest easy knowing your roof is in good hands.
Licensed, Bonded and Insured
The single most important item on your contractor wish list should be verification that every contractor you’re considering is licensed, bonded and insured. Not only does proper licensure prove the contractor is operating legally, it is also evidence of a certain level of competence in the roofing industry. You’d never want to find out your contractor knows nothing about roofing until they’re pulling up shingles! Save yourself the headache by checking their licenses ahead of time.
Additionally, workers’ compensation and liability insurance are an absolute must when hiring a roofing contractor. Although rare, contractors can suffer from injuries while on the job (especially when their job is two stories off the ground!) but with the appropriate insurance coverage, your contractor should be able to financially support the injured party themselves. Homeowners who hire uninsured contractors can run the risk of being held financially liable for any injuries that occur on their property during the project. Before making your decision, ask to see the contractor’s proof of insurance and certificates, and confirm each with the insurance provider or licensure database.
Look Beyond Price or Sales Pitches
Many homeowners have had to deal with the uncomfortable conversation that ensues when a stranger shows up on their doorstep, pitching their home contracting services. Not only are these interactions annoying, they could also be financially dangerous. You should always search for a contractor who works and lives locally, so you can confirm their reputation with other community members. However, when a stranger claims to be a contractor and knocks on your door, leading with “I was just in the neighborhood…,” this often means they are only operating locally for a short while. They probably don’t have an established business reputation, certifications or insurance. These contractors often begin a job and never finish because they closed down, moved or simply vanished, taking your money with them with no way to track them down.
Similarly, shopping for contractors should never only be about the price tag. Sure, a lower cost is a compelling argument in favor of that contractor, but what does that price buy you? When choosing between a discount contractor and a contractor who is reasonably priced, there’s typically a world of difference. The discount contractor may only offer you the bare minimum. The reasonably priced contractor’s slightly higher cost probably pays for insurance, quality materials and great customer service. In the end, you get what you pay for.
Communication and Documentation
After you’ve made your decision, it’s time to make sure the contractor isn’t just putting on a show until they get hired. Check their online reviews and talk to neighbors. If your contractor is generally well-regarded and is offering a competitive price, it’s time to move forward.
Keeping an open dialogue about what you want from your home’s roofing and how your contractor can best fulfill your needs can help ensure you finish the project with a great product. Your contractor should be willing to listen to your questions and needs and offer solutions before, during and after the project. Finally, draw up a contract to seal the deal. Make sure the contract details how many people will be on your property, the types of tools used, what the project will entail, a deadline and an exact price with terms of payment. It may feel like you’re putting your contractor through the ringer, but you’re only protecting yourself and your home. If you don’t feel like you’re getting what you need, you can always walk away.
Get the Job Done with Metal Roofing Headquarters
Sometimes a little legwork is required to find the perfect contractor. Luckily, Alabama residents don’t need to look far for a roofing contractor that offers all the documentation, premium materials and quality customer service they could want. From our stellar online reviews to our 100% satisfaction guarantee, when you work with Metal Roofing Headquarters, you can expect to receive the best roofing services and results in Alabama. To learn more about our metal roofing services and how we are dedicated to quality and accountability, contact us online or call 251-317-3392 for a FREE quote.