Checklist: Hiring a Roofing Contractor

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Hiring a roofing contractor may seem like a daunting task. You need to know a few things before you hire someone. Will you be replacing your entire roof? Do you have leaks you need to repair? Do you have storm damage? Here’s a helpful checklist to help with the process:

Define the Project

Make a list of your project needs, including a list of all materials needed. This would include what type of roofing you want to use and whether this is a complete replacement or a repair. Even if you are replacing the complete roof if you have leaks be sure to mention that.

✅ Call Your Insurance Agent

If your roof repairs are due to storm damage you’ll need to first make a claim with your insurance company. They may have a list of approved contractors and will send someone out to evaluate your claim, give you an estimate of about what they’ll pay to repair it, and what your deductible is.

✅ Ask Family & Friends for Referrals

Many times family and/or friends will have had roofing work done and can suggest someone to you. They’ll be able to tell you if they were satisfied with the work and if it was done on time and within budget.

✅ Check the Facts

Once you have a list of recommendations be sure to do your homework. Check to make sure they have licensing, certification and insurance. You should be able to find websites that give you more info about each of the referrals. You can also call them and ask them for licensing info before you arrange for them to take a look at your project.

✅ Invite Contractors to Bid

Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices you can invite two or three different contractors to bid on your project. Tell them you want very detailed bidding to explain exactly what is covered and what is not covered in the bid. You’ll also want a timeline to know how long the project is going to take and what you may need to do to prepare.

✅ Evaluate the Bids

Look over each bid and pick at least two you like. Keep in mind that the lowest bid is not always the best choice. Pick the bid that covers the most work, has the best timelines, the best details and seems the most professional. Then you can move onto the interviewing process.

✅Interview the Winning Bids

Now you’re ready to talk to each of the winning bids to ask a few remaining questions. What type of laborers they’ll be using, are they bonded and insured for this type of job, and how experienced they are at doing a project like yours. Try to ask each company the same questions so you can judge fairly. Ask them when they can start.

Now you’re ready for actually hiring a roofing contractor. Check all references and make sure their licenses and insurance are up to date. Since you’ve done the necessary work ahead of time, it’s likely you’ll have a good experience with your roofing project.

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