What Should I Look For When Hiring A Roofer

There are many things to consider before hiring just anybody to work on your home. So where do you start when hiring a roofing contractor?  Your home is a valuable asset and it’s important to have quality work performed. If repairs are not done properly by a licensed contractor, you could have issues later on.

Get an inspection

Get an inspection from a roofing contractor. Have at least 2 or 3 roofing contractors inspect your roof. Most, if not all contractors should provide this service for free. You should be home for the estimate so you can not only ask questions and go over the scope of work, but also have the opportunity to meet face to face with someone you may be giving thousands of dollars to.

Don’t be pressured

Do not be pressured to sign on the spot. Some companies take on the high pressure sales approach. Do not hesitate to a get a few more opinions if you are not comfortable or take a day or two to think about it.

Do they subcontract

Ask if the company subcontracts their work crew. This isn’t necessarily a red flag, but you want to know who will be working on your home. If the contractor doesn’t pay their sub-contractors for your project, the sub-contractor could put a lien on your home even if you have paid the contractor.

What is their CCB#

Find out if they have an active CCB. You can check to see if they have an active CCB license by checking the CCB website – https://www.ccb.state.or.us/search/ . The CCB will also let you confirm if they are properly bonded and insured so if any accident were to happen, you and your property are covered. The bond entitles you to some compensation if the contractor fails to perform the work that you have paid for.

Are they factory certified
GAF Master Elite Factory Certified Contractor

Ask if they are factory certified. This means that the company and their roofing crews have passed certification training directly from the manufacturer on how to install your shingles so you are guaranteed a quality installation backed by the manufacturer.


Do your research before hiring a contractor to work on your home. Check online reviews, ask around to neighbors and friends and contact organizations such as the Better Business Bureau and the State of Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB).Oregon State CCB

Once you’ve decided on a contractor, make sure you have a detailed contract in writing for both parties to sign. Make sure it is as detailed as possible so you have a good understanding of the products and services you are paying for. It is common for contractors to ask for a down payment up front. If a contractor is asking for more than half down, this could be a red flag.

MCE is a family owned & operated business, offering roofing services in Oregon since 1994. We pride ourselves on having a positive and upstanding reputation. We are committed to creating lasting relationships with each one of our customers. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free roof inspection! We’ll also do a thorough inspection of the attic as well! Give MCE a call at (503) 397-2215, or Fill Out Our Free Roofing Consultation Form to schedule a contact-free roof evaluation.

Angie Holcomb
Author: Angie HolcombIn late 1993, one year after their marriage, Angie and Mark Holcomb decided it was time to follow their dream, and the couple set out to launch their own business. One year later, in 1994, Marks Custom Exteriors was established, one loving couple, one new truck and a passion for their vision. 25 years and many roofs later, MCE has grown to become Portland's premier roofing company and one of the only Nationally Recognized Roofing Companies in the State of Oregon as a GAF Master Elite Contractor. They remain committed to building lasting relationships with their customers through outstanding customer service, expert craftsmanship, and professional behavior and appearance among every member of our team.