If you are planning to start a major roofing work, such a large repair project or a replacement soon, one of the most important preliminary steps is to select the right roofer. Whether you live in a large city or in a small town, there are surely many great contractors nearby, but that still does not make the selection of the right roofer easier, so here are a few things to have to keep in mind while evaluating potential contractors to work with.
Licensing and Insurance
Most states allow roofers to practice their trade legally only if they carry a state-issues roofing license as well as adequate insurance. To obtain their license, roofers need to study for years and they also need to pass complicated exams, therefore the license is, on the one hand, a prerequisite of legal operation, on the other hand, it is a guarantee of professionalism. Roofers also need to have a general liability insurance and a workman’s compensation insurance (if they have employees), both policies being important for the safety of your property while your contractor’s team is working on your roof.
Roofing being such a complex trade, most roofers specialize in particular roof types, materials or techniques. To ensure the success of your roofing project, you need a contractor who has experience with the type of roofing work that your project involves. While evaluating potential contractors, ask them about their experience with your type of roofing as well as about the courses and workshops they have participated in to learn specific roofing techniques and technologies. You could also ask roofers to show you their portfolio of projects that were similar to yours.
Working with reliable Longmont roofing companies of good standing will make your roofing project much easier to complete. Check that aspect before hiring anyone – you can perform some research online, checking review websites and forums, you can talk to people you know to find out whether they know the contractor you are considering and you can also check the roofer on the Better Business Bureau website to find out whether there are any complaints filed against the roofer.
The Quality of the Communication
The roofer who is right for you is a helpful, communicative person, open and willing to answer all your questions related to your roofing project. Schedule a personal meeting with the contractor you are planning to hire and ask for a walk-through of all the project steps involved. Find out about the size of the roofing team, the proposed duration of the project, the way that the contractor handles unexpected events, such as sudden bad weather and other aspects, including site preparation, final clean-up and the disposal of the waste generated during the project. Also find out about your options in terms of the materials to be used on your roof – roofing materials can vary widely in quality level as well as in terms of pricing and you need an honest, reliable roofer who will explain you the pros and cons of all your options.