Checklist For Hiring Residential & Commercial Roofing Contractors
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Check for proper licensing – There are many states across the US that don’t even require roofing contractors to be licensed at all. However, if you live in Colorado, our state requires all contractors be licensed so always make sure to verify your contractor has a valid, up to date license with their state or local jurisdiction. You might even find out something about the contractor you didn’t know when researching their license. Google is your friend when it comes time to research your roofer, so dig deep and find anything that they could be trying to hide.
Read reviews and ask for referrals – A reputable roofing contractor should have plenty of reviews for you to look at across multiple different websites such as Yelp, Google, Facebook and so on. If your contractor doesn’t have any reviews, it’s probably not worth the risk of hiring them when you could find a reputable company with an excellent reputation just as easily.
All roofers that have been around for a while and do good work should be able to provide you with referrals from past clients so you can speak with them personally and verify that the roofing contractor actually does great work and hasn’t had problems with their roof since the job was completed. If you can’t get testimonials from their past clients, it’s best to just look elsewhere.
Verify they have proper insurance – Insurance is an extremely important part of any roofing job as there is always liability when people are working on your roof. Whether a worker falls off the roof or they do a hack job and leave you with a failed roofing system, you as the property owner need to ensure you are protected from any liability. Many states require certain types and amounts of insurance coverage such as liability insurance for contractors so make sure you verify that your contractor has an active policy that doesn’t leave you at risk.
Safety requirements – There are countless roofing contractors in every city that are just trying to make a quick buck and they have no regard to the quality of their work or even their workers safety. If your roofer doesn’t provide their workers with proper safety equipment to keep them from falling off of your roof or they are using dangerous tools, chemicals or anything else, it could mean serious injuries or even leave your family in danger if the roof isn’t up to local building codes. There are stories in the news all the time of roofers falling through old roofs, falling off of the sides of buildings or using improper installation techniques that lead to the roof collapsing at a later date, so for the health and safety of your family and the workers, please make sure that safety is a top priority when interviewing your roofer.
Meet with them in person – Most of the time, you can spot a bad roofer just by meeting with them in person and getting an inspection & estimate. You should be able to tell if they seem trustworthy by speaking to them, but getting an inspection and estimate from them can also help you weed out the bad ones because you can compare the info they give you to the other roofers and see who is more thorough and is actually listening to what you want instead of just throwing out estimates that work for them.
Many roofers have old materials laying around that they want to pawn off on you so they can make a few extra bucks on the job, so make sure your contractor is really doing their best to get the the exact roofing system you want and covering all of the details so you can be sure you are getting a quality roof installed. And if something just doesn’t feel right about your roofer, then trust your gut and don’t hire them. There are plenty of others to choose from and you’ll most likely be glad that you went with someone else that seems like the perfect fit for you and your roof.
Ask about roofing certifications and their past work – Finding a roofer that has taken the time to get certifications for roof leak detection, moisture detection, proper repair techniques, manufacturer installation certifications and more can usually narrow down your options in contractors pretty quickly. The roofers that go out of their way to never stop learning so they can be a master at every aspect of their craft is a quality that all contractors should have, but to be honest, most of them just don’t care.
Ask about your roofers certifications and training and always make sure you look at pictures of their past work. Just remember though, pictures can be stolen from other companies’ websites, so verify that the pictures they give you are from roofs they actually did themselves for example pictures of roofs with the company’s signs in the front yard or their branded trucks in front of the house they are working on. If possible, ask for addresses of other properties that you can drive past and look at their work in person.
Are they easy to get in contact with? – If you hire a contractor, but can never get in touch with them to answer questions or they never update you on the project, be very aware that something may be wrong. Reputable contractors will usually respond to inquiries the same day and be happy to answer all of your questions in a timely manner. If they don’t, they may be trying to hide something. Don’t just sit around hoping they will call you back for weeks on end, find a different roofer that actually cares about their customers and is always willing to help.
Labor and material warranties – One of the most important aspects of finding a good roofer is the warranties they offer. Any reputable residential or commercial roofing contractor should provide you with an excellent warranty on their own labor in the event of any improper installations as well as a manufacturer warranty on the roofing materials themselves. Be sure to carefully read over the warranty policies to ensure they are legitimate and don’t contain any obscure fine print that could cause you to invalidate your warranties without your knowledge.
You can even go a step further and call the manufacturer of the roofing material to check if your warranty is up to par with what they actually offer. If your warranty seems too good to be true, double check everything and ask around to see if their policy is normal.
The cheapest bid is usually the worst quality – This one is pretty obvious, but we all have seen the work that gets done by the guy who can do it cheaper. Sometimes you may get lucky and get good quality work for a great price, but most of the time when their bid is much cheaper than anyone else it is because they are cutting corners somewhere like leaving out your roof underlayment or using cheaper materials than agreed upon.
This could mean they don’t have the proper licenses or insurance, they could be leaving out important details that leave your roof at risk or they could just be using cheaper materials than what they promised they would install. There are so many areas where contractors cut corners that you’re better off choosing the reputable company with the higher bid because you know you will get quality work that will last instead of having to replace your roof again because the roofer left out some important steps of the process.
When You Need The Best Roofer In Colorado, Give Us A Call
Now that you know what to look for when trying to find a great residential & commercial roofing contractor, it’s time to get out there and find YOUR roofer. If you are anywhere in the greater Denver, CO area, Maxx Roof LLC is here for you and ready to provide the best quality roofing work you can buy. We meet or exceed all of the standards listed above and we are always striving to improve our company so that our customers are always 100% satisfied with their roof.
Feel free to check out our reviews, verify our licenses and insurance and check out our previous work. We have nothing to hide because we know our work is top notch every step of the way. Our labor and material warranties are industry leading because we don’t cut corners, ever. Don’t settle for the cheaper guy, call Maxx Roof LLC so that you know your roof is in good hands from start to finish.
We offer free inspections and estimates for all types of residential and commercial roofing systems, so give us a call today for top quality roofing services anywhere throughout the greater Denver area.