What you Should Avoid When Hiring a Roofing Contractor
Rainy Day Exteriors has worked hard over the last 20 years to build a business that is based on trust and integrity. That’s why it’s so difficult to see our neighbors in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and across the Kitsap Peninsula be taken advantage of by unethical roofing contractors. For us, it has always been about helping you protect your biggest investment with a quality roof that is built to last.
Here’s what you need to avoid when you hire your next roofing contractor.
Not Get Contracts in Writing
In roofing, this is the most important step you can take. When it comes to a new roof, you need to make sure your bid, contract, and warranty are all documented in writing. It protects you from inflated costs, inferior materials, and invalid warranties.
Not Shopping Around
For most home improvement projects that require a contractor, we recommend you get at least three bids. This will help you make the best decision based on price and materials selection.
And when you decide, don’t always go with the lowest bid. Carefully review the bids to make sure that you are getting quality materials, and that the contractor has budgeted enough time to complete the work.
Hiring a Contractor with no Experience
We know, everyone has to start somewhere. But when it comes to a new roof, you need to find an experienced contractor.
So, how can you find an experienced contractor? Ask your friends for recommendations and read the contractor's reviews online. If they don’t have a strong online presence, chances are they aren’t established.
Not asking for their License and Insurance
Before your roofing company starts any work, you need to make sure they carry insurance and are properly licensed. This will protect you if something happens while your roof is being installed. If the contractor is not properly insured, the consequences could be serious. For example, if one of their workers is injured on your property, and the contractor doesn’t have the right insurance, you could be held liable if the worker is not insured by his employer.
The state of Washington provides a quick and easy way to look up licensed contractors here.
Providing Payment Before the Work is Done
The rule in the roofing world is that you don’t pay for the work until the last nail picked up. A reputable contractor won’t ask for payment until that happens.
Replacing your roof is a big job, and finding the right contractor is one of the hardest parts.
With a bit of effort, you can find the contractor that’s right for you.
If you are ready to get started, please give us a call today. We provide free inspections and estimates, which are done by our owner, Jim.