Roofing contractors should never be chosen by price alone. "Too good to be true" estimates are often provided by unlicensed and uninsured roofers. The objective should be to find the roofer that provides the best overall value for your roofing project. Value includes a fair price and professional credentials -- license, insurance, a good workmanship warranty, and a proven track record of satisfied customers.
- Some of the information you should collect from the contractor includes:
- How long they've been in business
- What type of insurance coverage they carry
- Their business license number
- Whether they hold the contracting licenses required by your state
- Ask for references
Interview several contractors: get multiple quotes, and thoroughly check each roofer’s references.
When it comes time to select a contractor, you need to put your agreement in writing in the form of a proposal. Things to consider include: product warranty and workmanship guarantees; what sort of building permits you'll need; hours of work and the project completion date; site safety and clean-up rules.
This process may seem time consuming but it is considerably less troublesome than dealing with substandard materials and workmanship.