There is nothing worse than a roof that leaks, not only does it cause untold damage to other parts of your home, but it causes severe aggravation, because, regardless if it was due to severe weather or poor workmanship, the fact remains that you are going to have to call in a roofing contractor.
On investigation, you find out that there is certainly no shortage of people out there claiming proficiency as a roofing contractor. This can be a huge problem. So how do you go about sorting out the chancers from the true professionals to avoid the being in the same predicament again and again?
Well as luck would have it, there are ways of doing just that. Read on...
Experience is a wonderful thing. It cannot be bought and has to be learned, sometimes the hard way. The more experience a contractor has the better the job he should be able to do, although at times it can be a relative thing.
2. Free estimates
Most contractors offer free estimates, but check before you ask a contractor to come and give you a quote. The expected outcome is that you will be able to compare quotes without any added costs.
3. Warranty on repairs
Check if the work is warranted. A good contractor is proud of his work and the warranty will back that up.
4. Certifications and memberships
Checking on what certifications have been awarded to the contractor will boost your confidence in them. A body that is willing to associate itself with a certain contractor means that the contractor has met certain standards prescribed by them. Some certifications to look out for are:
An accreditation body that provides free reviews on businesses with regards to background, licensing and consumer experiences.
• RSCA, Inc.
The Roofing and Siding Contractors Alliance for commercial and residential roofers and siders. The RSCA is an affiliate member of the National Roofing Contractors Association.
• Angie's list
A free website that provides reviews and ratings to its members on various enterprises complete with background checks. No anonymous reviews are allowed giving the user more confidence in choosing a contractor.
An employers association which provides Human Resources and management services to its members.
Testimonials and lots of them, not just a few from previous clients, means the contractor is consistently delivering on his promises. Of course an independent forum will also inform you if he is not. That being said a request to the client to complete a survey on completion of the work also indicates that the roofing contractor is confident in the quality of the work they deliver.
These five tips should go a long way towards helping you choose the best roofing contractor for your requirements; thus, saving you the aggravation of trying to get the contractor who did a poor job in the first place to come back out to redo the work, or having to deal with the added expense of paying another contractor to fix the botched job. Unfortunately for the client, most contractors are loath to fix another contractor's work.