Hiring A Professional Contractor

Hiring a Contractor

Quality installation is a core part of the roofing equation. IBHS and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommend these steps for choosing the right roofing professional:

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Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax I.D. number and, where required, a business license.

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Request verification of professional liability insurance.

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Look for a company with a proven track record; ask for and check client references and request a list of completed projects.

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Verify whether the contractor is properly licensed or bonded.

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Insist on a written proposal. The proposal should include complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate start and completion dates and payment procedures.

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Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations, such as NRCA.

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Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed.

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Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures.

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Carefully read and make sure you understand any roofing warranty offered; watch for provisions that would void the warranty.

Remember, price is only one criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.