There is only one way to find out for sure that your residential roofing contractor is reliable. That is to wait for the next rain or snow to fall and see if your roof is holding up without leaks.
That is 100% proof. There is also an almost guaranteed way for you to have a roof that leaks and cause thousands of dollars of unnecessary damage. And that is to ignore it.
There are many steps you can take to take care of your roof. The first step is to keep a record of how often you inspect the roof in the good times. That is when the weather is nice, the sun is out and you really rather do other things. Guess what? Everyone else feels the same way and that is when you get the best price for roof inspections.
Roof inspections are often free and you get a chance to see if you feel right about the roofing contractor that shows up at your door step when the weather is nice. If not, chances are that you would like them even less when water is pooling in front of your TV.
I am not suggesting that you call your best friend or your nephew to do the work because you like them. But you do need to get along with the person who will be working in your home for a few days or a few weeks.
They need to be pros which begins with two things. The first is proper licensing. Actually go on the internet and check their contractors number and license. I have seen contractors who carry the number but their license had long expired.
Next check their reputation. Actually pick up the phone and talk to their referral. You’ll be surprise how many people do not take this step.
This is important especially since many roofing contractors do not have an office you can visit. Still they should have a website, a street address and not a POBox and a phone number that does not always go to an answering machine.
Next ask for and get proof of insurance including worker’s compensation and liability coverage. The last thing you want is for your roofer or one of his employees asking you to pay for their hospital bill if they slip off the roof. The insurance should cover everyone involved and the entire time.
Go over the roofing material they plan to use and make sure that they are approved by the roofing manufacturer to actually install the material you are discussing. Roofing manufacturres could have clauses in their warranty that demands an approved or certified by them or trained in some way to work with their material.
Read and understand the warranty information and clauses. Check the completion deadline and have it in the contract and a clear understanding of how many people will work on the project and how delays other than Acts of God will be dealt with.
Have everything in writing and stick with it.
Get more than one written estimate.
And finally pray that when the next rain or snow falls, all your hardwork and your contractors hard work prove to be effective.