If you’re like most of us, you only think about your roof when it rains. Why? because that’s when you notice your roof leaks. Although there are plenty of reasons why you should get your roof checked at least twice a year because it’s not in fact the rain that is causing damage to your roof, that’s not why we’re here today. So you have leaks and now you need to get that roof repaired?
You can’t just call any roofer, here’s why, check out these roof horror stories from alliance consulting wherein one particular case a family called a roofer to repair some leaks and instead got mold and which continued to get worst by the day. Commercial property managers and facilities managers have to have the same concerns for their commercial properties.
My company Central Roofing Company has been in the roofing business for decades with clients such as See’s Candies, Cacique. 21st Century Fox, and here are the most important things you need to look out for when hiring a roofing contractor.
Ask Questions and Demand Answers
Have a list of questions in hand when you meet a potential contractor for the first time and don’t let him or her get away with not answering them. You may want to consider it a red flag if the roofing contractor dodges your inquiries. Here are a few of the questions that you should come armed with.
- Are you licensed by the state of California to install roofs in Los Angeles, beyond a typical business license?
- Can you give me referrals from previous customers?
- Does this roofing company carry liability and worker’s compensation insurance and can you offer proof of that fact?
- What can you tell me about both your workmanship warranty and your manufacturer’s warranty?
Meet with representatives from multiple companies. Based on their answers and estimates, choose the contractor who you feel will give you the highest quality roof and the best experience.
Understand Your Contract
Before the roofing contractor begins work on your building, make sure you have thoroughly read and understood the contract. The contract should include several specific aspects of your roof replacement process.
- Though hard and fast schedules are difficult to establish because of weather complications, your contract should have a general outline of when different steps of the process will be completed.
- The details of the materials the contractor will use should be included, including specifications of shingle/coating quality and style.
- Payment should be completely discussed and agreed upon in the contract before work on the roof begins.
- Your expectations of the workers’ clean-up responsibility should be included in the contract.
Don’t sign a contract that you have qualms about. Discuss anything you’re unsure of with the contractor before the workers begin the roofing process for your building.
Hiring a roofing contractor can seem like an intimidating process, especially when leaks or storm damage makes time a factor. But if you do your research by asking pertinent questions and practice vigilance at every turn by making sure the company sticks to the contract, your roofing experience can be worry-free and successful. At Central Roofing Company, our customer satisfaction is our top priority