Hire a roofer like a pro and never waste your time, energy, and money again. Just follow these tips and questions to ask a roofing contractor in Michigan.
Just like the rest of your home, your roof requires occasional care and maintenance. Ignoring your roof needs and repairs can lead to heartache, headaches, and serious financial strain down the road. But hiring the wrong contractor to do the repairs can be an epic failure from start to finish. Before you hire a roofer, be sure to ask the following questions.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
A competent roofing company must have a valid license that proves the workers are properly trained and have the experience needed to perform the required tasks to code. Proof of liability insurance and workers comp insurance can also be provided by the company to prove the client is covered from potential job-related damage and the workers are also covered in the event of accidents or injuries. A good roofing company should also inform the potential client of any permits the homeowner needs to secure and provide a checklist of cleanup and removal services included or as needed.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
Loads of new or more recent contractors or companies offer great “deals” for potential new customers. But those can often come with expensive mistakes and cut corners that the customer will eventually have to pay for themselves. Always opt for companies that have years of experience with the jobs you require. Moreover, don’t just rely on their word… do some research yourself. Check their website, double-check their BBB listing, and Google their employees to verify the listed credentials match. It doesn’t take long, but it can save you tons of time, money, and headaches in the long run.
Do You Have References?
Content, loyal, and repeat customers are any company’s bread and butter. So if a company or contractor claims they don’t have references on hand or that they can’t provide references, thank them for their time and run away. They’re not worth your attention. A legitimate roofing contractor in Michigan should have references for previous jobs similar to the one you need to be done. Some of those references should be recent work or completions, within 3-6 months at least. Look for reviews and testimonials posted on the website. Comprehensive reviews (those that aren’t necessarily glowing 5 stars) should be listed as well. The company or website should also be able to direct you to current reviews of the business and to their own Better Business Bureau listing and other relevant certifications or distinctions.
What Are Your Service and Product Warranties?
Most professional roofing materials such as shingles come with their own manufacturing warranties. However, a professional roofer or roofing company also may offer a warranty for the labor involved. Always confirm all warranties involved in your project, and be sure you understand and get those terms and promises in writing. If your shingles wear out in five years, who’s responsible for the repairs? If your gutters fall off or the external painting chips in a year, will the company come out and fix them for free? Never settle for less than you deserve. Call us when you’re ready to hire a roofer.