Replacing your roof is big investment that will require you to make a few decisions. Many times homeowners don’t know what to look for when selecting a roofer since it is a job that many people only do once in a lifetime. Here are a few things to consider when hiring a roofing contractor.
Number of Years in Business – Don’t be afraid to ask how long the roofing company has been in business. The longer the contractor has been in business the more experience the will be able to provide and in many cases the more references they will be able to offer. JVW Contracting has been in business since 1984 and has work on thousands of roofs throughout NJ.
Licensing & Insurance – Working on roofs can be a dangerous job, definitely something that should be done by professionals. Most reputable roofing contractors have the proper permits, licenses and insurance for the jobs they perform but be sure to verify this before you go into contract. Homeowners should never work with a contractor that can’t produce proof of insurance and proper licensing.
Customer Reviews & Testimonials – Many times you will be working with a company that was referred to your by a friend or relative, which is great. However, in the event you are interviewing a contractor that was not referred to you by a personal friend be sure to check out their reviews online. If you are unable to find online review do not hesitate to ask the contractor for a few references.
Who Is Doing The Work? – Will the roofing company send its own employees to your home? Or will the project be outsources to third party sub contractors that you are unfamiliar with? If you are hiring a company to install your roof it should not be assumed that they are the ones that will actually be doing the work! Be sure to ask.
Product & Labor Warranty – With every home construction project there is always that chance that something won’t go exactly as planned. In the event of a mistake how is it going to be handled? Ask about the manufacturer’s warranty and also if there is a warranty on the labor. Be sure to get all of this information in writing.