6 Tips When Hiring Your Post Storm Roofing Contractor
After a storm, homeowners often scramble to get roofing repairs completed in a hurry. Unfortunately, that means you will have a trusted businessperson suddenly competing with a swarm of contractors from outside your area, making promises they may not be able to keep. In order to help you protect your roof investment, it pays to go from “get it done now,” to “get it done right.”
Local referrals mean local commitment. How long has the roofing contractor been in the area? Do they have a good relationship with suppliers? How well do they know the building codes? Can they provide licenses and certification?
Ask For Manufacturer Certification. Contractors need to achieve certain requirements to be factory certified, or that GAF only allows 2% of roofing contractors to be recognized as Master Elite® contractors.
Exclusive warranties. Not all contractors can offer manufacturer warranties that include coverage of the contractor’s workmanship. A GAF Master Elite®Contractor, for example, can offer one of the longest workmanship warranties on the market — the Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty.
Proper licensing and insurance. Being willing and able to ask for a copy of their state and city licensing (where required) — as well as their insurance certificate to establish that you have coverage for all employees and subcontractors.
Understanding deductibles. Some contractors will claim they can handle the repair without having the homeowner pay their insurance deductible. That, of course, constitutes insurance fraud.
Ask for material choices. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof, take the opportunity to upgrade to a style that better suits your taste! Henderson Roofing offers extensive GAF design and color choices.
After a major storm, you can’t control who knocks on your door in your neighborhood. But you can ensure that the Roofing Contractors you talk to are professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. A frank discussion about the importance of getting the job done right can help you differentiate from the contractors who are here to stay and the ones come and go with the storm.