What do you need to look for when choosing a roofing company. The Better Business Beaureu (BBB) gives its general advice when choosing a roofing Company
A legitimate roofing company should be able to provide the following:
= Local references and roofing testimonials
= Business License
= Roofing credentials
= Workers compensation insurance
= General liability insurance
= Written manufacturer warranties
= Deal only with licensed and insured contractors. Verify the track record of any roofer, builder or contractor you’re thinking of hiring. Ask for a list of recent customers and call them.
= Get recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, insurance agents or claims adjusters. Also check with the local Better Business Bureau and Home Builders Association to see if complaints have been lodged against any contractor you’re considering.
= Take your time about signing a contract. Get a written estimate that includes any oral promises the contractor made. But remember to ask if there’s a charge for an estimate before allowing anyone into your home. Ask for explanations for price variations, and don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder. Get a copy of the final, signed contract before the job begins.
= Resist dealing with any contractor who asks you to pay for the entire job up-front. A deposit of one-third of the total price is standard procedure. Pay only by check or credit card – and pay the final amount only after the work is completed to your satisfaction. Don’t pay cash.
= Be skeptical of contractors who encourage you to spend a lot of money on temporary repairs. Make sure there’s enough money for permanent repairs.
= Ask a knowledgeable friend, relative or attorney to review a home repair contract before you sign. If you get a loan to pay for the work, be cautious about using your home as security: If you don’t repay the loan as agreed, you could lose your home. Consider asking an attorney to review the loan documents, as well.