No matter where you live in our country, summer and fall are busy times of year if you’re a roofing contractor. Have you seen them in the neighborhood? The old asphalt shingles come off with speed and then the steady rhythmic sound of the new ones going down begins.
Is it that time of year for you? Maybe you’re considering a different roofing system this time around. Metal roofs are becoming more popular. Zinc, copper, aluminum, or steel are all available to protect and beautify your home.
No matter what type of roofing material you choose, if it’s time to get a new roof on your home, don’t waste time. Your roof provides the most protection from the elements. Once leakage begins so does damage that left unchecked will undermine your home’s structural integrity over time.
You could end up replacing more than your roof! Decking, rafters, even windows can be affected in the long term. We should also note that the roof you choose can effect the energy efficiency of your home as well.
We’ve got some tips in mind to help you find your roofing contractor.
It’s important to ascertain if the roofing contractor you are considering has the necessary credentials proving they are an expert in the field. They come in a number of forms.
All businesses should carry a license to operate in the city or state. If they can’t produce one, it’s a red flag moment for sure. Scammers and fly by night companies are nothing more than thieves looking to make an easy dollar at your expense. They often show up in neighborhoods that have been struck by a storm. Shoddy workmanship can go undetected until they are long gone. Even worse, what if they just take the money and run?
All businesses are required to carry some type of workers’ compensation. The specifics vary from state to state. The exception to the rule is for workers that contract with the company obligating them to provide certain services.
Businesses also carry property and casualty insurance policies. It just makes good sense. Business owners who plan to operate for the long-term do everything they can to ensure they are able to stay in business no matter what.
When a company is bonded, it means that a bonding company has secured money available for a consumer should they file a claim against the company. This money is set aside in a bond. The state controls this money and not the company. The claim would be paid out of the bond amount after an investigation is complete if the company’s negligence is proven.
Another great way to determine if a roofing contractor is reputable, stands behind their work, and is a professional in their trade is to ask for references. They should be more than happy to provide them for you.
You can also ask neighbors and friends who they recommend. We asked if you had seen roofers in the neighborhood, if so, note the name of the business and contact them personally.
Local online advisor sites are another good place to look up a business. People don’t hesitate to say what they really think from their keyboards. Keep in mind though that you need to take these comments with a grain of salt. For instance, if a company receives rave reviews and suddenly a scathing remark is thrown into the mix, be wary of a trolling attempt to draw consumers away from the business.
When the company rolls up the driveway to complete your roofing job, you want to make sure no one’s rolling up behind the truck.
Companies that drug test do so to ensure the safest possible work environment. That means on installation day, the work environment is on your roof! However, not all construction companies drug test.
When asked to speak to why smaller residential contractors should implement employee drug testing, David Bell, CEO at USA Mobile Drug Testing, replied, “The construction industry requires traveling to various job sites. Often, the destination is someone’s home. Drug testing employees provides a sense of security for the business owner. Not only do they know their employees have their wits about them in a dangerous occupation, the homeowner is provided a safe environment as well.”
Another important questions to ask today is whether or not the company requires background checks of their employees. Some people have no qualms about misrepresenting themselves to get what they want. That’s just a sad fact of life these days.
It doesn’t matter if you own a jewelry store or hiring professionals contractors, better safe than sorry is always a good call. A thorough background check uncovers information that people might not willingly admit on their own.
Moreover, these people are coming to your home. Some people just emit an uncomfortable vibe. Odds are it’s because they are shy by nature, but put a tool in their hand and they are in their element! We often consider these people to be diamonds in the rough. However, you never know a person’s true motives until they reveal them.
You have every right to ascertain that a contractor knows his employees are who they say they are.
First aid and CPR training
It’s wise to prepare for any circumstances that arise. Even events that are out of your control can turn around when someone reacts appropriately.
“Employees that provide first aid and CPR training for their employees are wise. Enabling them to immediately provide help to a co-worker in an emergency situation is nothing but a good thing.” stated Donna Wishart, Owner, Wishart Safety. She continued, “Not to mention the fact that someone that presents knowledge as to how to handle the situation brings a sense of calm to the chaos.”
We agree with you, Ms. Wishart!
Having employees attend first aid or CPR training shows that they care about the well-being of their employees. There is a fringe benefit here, by the way. Odds are if they go that extra mile for the crew, they are going the extra mile for you as well.
Manufacturers offer product warranties that vary depending on the product. Variables that they use to determine the length of the guarantee might be due to proper installation, the expected lifespan of the product, and a number of other reasons. When an installer is working directly for the company, their workmanship may be included in the guarantee.
A roofing contractor that is in business for themselves should provide a guarantee of workmanship. If there isn’t one provided, it might be best to move on.
Contracts are key
Should anything go wrong and problems arise during or after installation, having a contract signed by both parties is essential. It is the only recourse either of you have to prove what the job was to entail and the end result you have agreed upon.
On top of things
We don’t have to replace our roofs often, but when it’s time, it’s time. Keeping the roof in good condition ensures that our homes remain structurally sound. Let the weather do what it will, we’ll be snug and secure inside.
Failure to keep up with roof maintenance, leaves us vulnerable to the forces of nature. Subsequently, even if there are no gaping holes in the roof, moisture seeping into the recesses of our home can be hazardous to our health. Mold is nothing to mess around with; it causes many health issues.
Choosing a roofing contractor wisely makes sense all the way around.
Not only are they on top of your home, you are too.