When choosing a contractor, there are dozens of criteria to take into account. We have found that the following tools can be a great help when searching for reliable roofing contractors.
Is the contractor accredited with the Better Business Bureau?
We suggest reviewing what others say about the contractor you may be considering
Is your contractor local and registered with the Colorado Secretary of State?
It’s really important to check if your contractor is a Colorado owned and operated business. Many companies come into the state every year to capitalize on storm repairs, however some don’t take the proper steps to “sign the book” on their way in. The reason for this is they have no intention of sticking around if the work runs out or the warranty repairs become too much of a hassle to complete. Don’t do business with a company that has no investment in the community, your project, or most importantly- your satisfaction and protection.
Does your contractor have a good credit rating at Dun and Bradstreet?
Checking with a business credit reporting agency that rates companies based off of reports provided by vendors, subcontractors, suppliers and other businesses. It’s really important to know whether your contractor is credit worthy. Just because you pay your bills- that doesn’t mean your contractor pays his. Materials typically account for 50-75% of a roofing project’s costs and every year, here in Colorado, hundreds of property owners receive lien notices from roofing supply companies because contractors failed to pay their supply bills.
Don’t do business with a company that doesn’t have a good credit report- it’s not worth the risk of paying for your project twice.
Is your contractor insured?
Make sure your roofing company has a legitimate insurance policy before hiring them to do work on your home. If your contractor isn’t insured; injuries, accidents or property damages that occur during or after construction could result in serious liabilities for you as a homeowner. Call the number for the insurance agent on their insurance form to confirm their policy is current and covers them for the type of work they are about to complete on your property.
What kind of warranty does your contractor offer?
When selecting a contractor to complete the work on your home, make sure they offer a warranty on both the workmanship and the materials with terms and conditions that satisfy your needs and give you the peace of mind you deserve. A roof replacement can cost as much as a new car- don’t let your contractor substitute a promise of quality for a tangible, written, long-term warranty that can be transferred to future owners. If you get a new roof on your home- you should be able to sell that value to future owners as an increase in the value of your property. A new roof with a poor warranty is of little value outside of its appearance (if it’s done well-of course).