One of the most important parts of any building is the roof. When this vital part of the home runs into problems often other, and even more expensive problems, arise. When faced with a problematic roof, one of the quickest and easiest ways to ensure that the problems are repaired is through the use of roof contractors. But how do you know who to choose?
Choosing roof contractors can be a stressful process, particularly if you are faced with a roof that needs some serious repair work done. Instead of wasting your time worrying, and possibly choosing the wrong contractor, use these simple guidelines. As you are talking to your potential roof contractors, ask these questions and write down the answers. After going through all the answers, choose the one that has the most yeses and you will know that you have chosen the best possible roof contractor.
- Are they licensed? While it may be nice to have your Cousin Bob do the work for you (after all, he's cheap) he may not be the best possible choice to repair your roof. While a license may not guarantee that a contractor will be doing good work, it will show that they are more likely to know what they are doing. Always, always, always ask your potential roof contractor whether or not they are licensed.
- Do they have insurance? It is absolutely essential that you roof contractor be insured, and have enough insurance to cover the work you want done. Keep in mind that they will be working on your roof, the thing that which has the sole purpose of keeping everything inside safe from what is outside. Ask for a copy of their insurance certificate to verify whether they actually have the insurance necessary for your job.
- How long have they been in business? You should always choose the contractor with the most experience. How long have they been in business? Do they have an office, or are they working out of their garage? Is it possible to visit their business? You want to make sure that you are not hiring some fly-by-night joker who will take your money and run. One of the best possible ways to check this is to see how financially vested they are in their business.
- Are they willing to provide references? Every successful contractor should be willing to provide references. Just as with any potential employee that you may hire (and keep in mind that you will be hiring these people, and paying their salary while they work for you) you have the right to ask for references. If they do not, ask why.
- Have you checked the Better Business Bureau? It is always a great idea to check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there were any complaints against the contractor, and how those complaints were handled. Keep in mind that it is impossible to please everybody, so what you are looking for is how the complaints were handled. Were they handled properly, or were they ignored? This will provide you with a great example of how they treat their customers.
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