There’s no doubt about it—a roof is a major investment. Before you commit to having your roof replaced or getting roof repair, make sure that you follow these important guidelines for finding a reliable and reputable roofing contractor.

Roofing Contractor Hiring Tips:

Roofing Contractor with Insurance

  • Make sure they’re licensed, bonded and insured. Ask for proof of insurance from the contractor, and check with the state to make sure they’re licensed and bonded. If a roofing contractor doesn’t have liability insurance, you could be held financially responsible for injuries to workers that occur on your property. The vast majority of states have specific requirements with regard to licensing and bonding of roofing contractors, so it’s important to make sure your contractor is in compliance.

Roofing Contractor with Business Address

  • Be certain the contractor has a permanent address and phone number. You’ll need to have the appropriate contact information in the future. If they don’t have a permanent business address and phone number, it may be an indication that they are less than reputable.

Roofing Contractor with Certification

  • The contractor should be knowledgeable about roofing. This may sound obvious, but roofing techniques have evolved a lot over the past decade or so. Your contractor should be up-to-date on the latest roofing techniques.

Roofing Contractor with Experience

  • Ask for references, and be sure to call each one yourself.

Roofing Contractor with Written Estimate

  • Make sure your estimate is in writing and includes all materials and services that the contractor will provide.

Roofing Contractor with Warranties

  • Ask about warranties for materials and workmanship, and periodic inspections to ensure the roof is holding up well.

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