When it comes to home improvement projects, some things need to be left to the professionals. So where do you start when hiring a roofing contractor? There are many things to consider before hiring just anybody to work on your home. Your home is a valuable asset and if construction projects are not done properly, this could mean bigger issues down the road.
Start with an inspection of your roof from two or three roofing contractors. Most, if not all contractors should provide this service for free. It is recommended that you 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 to sign on the spot. Some companies take on the high pressure approach, so if you’re not comfortable, don’t hesitate to get a few more opinions or take a day or two to think about it.
Ask if the company subcontracts their roofing crew. This isn’t necessarily a red flag, but you want to know who will be working on your roof. This is also important because 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’ve paid the contractor. Look into the company and make sure they have an active CCB license by checking here: https://www.ccb.state.or.us/search/ . Check to see if they are properly bonded and insured so if any accident were to happen, you and your property are covered. This is also important if the contractor fails to perform the work that you have paid for, the bond entitles you to some compensation.
Another thing to consider is if the company is certified by a roofing manufacturer. 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. The other benefit to this is companies like GAF inspect the roof after installation and notify the contractor if there are any issues they need to fix.
Always do your research before hiring any contractor to work on your home. You can do this by checking online reviews, asking around to neighbor’s and friends and contacting organization’s such as the BBB and 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 also 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.
Here at MCE Roofing, we’ve been a family owned & operated business in Oregon since 1994. We pride ourselves on having a positive and upstanding reputation and 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! (503) 397-2215