Finding a good contractor for your home repair job can be a difficult and exhausting experience. This can be even more frustrating when it is a job that you cannot do yourself. This is often the case with roofing jobs.
I hate to say this, because I usually prefer to do my own home repair, but you shouldn’t do your own roofing unless you have the experience to do it safely. Many people have died or been injured because they decided to do something that they did not really know how to do. Take this guy, for example.
For roofing Albuquerque NM, you have a number of contractors to choose from. So, what do you need to ask about when you start calling roofers? The following guide will attempt to answer that question.
Before you even pick up the phone, you should begin by checking with the Better Business Bureau and your local authorities to see if any formal complaints have been filed against the company. This information should be available at no charge. If the contractor has many complaints, I would avoid them.
One thing to ask about is the number of years that the roofer has been in business. Usually, you want to look for companies that have been in business for a long time. After all, there is no substitute for experience. Equally important is to ask if the roofer is properly licensed. All states require a standard business license, and there are many states that require additional licenses as well. Be sure to know the laws in your state before asking.
You should ask for a business location. This is important because there are many “jakelegs” (as we call them in the south) who will pretend to be trained, qualified professionals just to get your business. People like this usually don’t have a permanent business location. If they give you an address and it traces back to a private residence, you are probably dealing with a jakeleg.
The most important thing of all is to make sure your roofer is properly insured. Most people don’t know this, but it is your legal responsibility to make sure that your roofer is properly insured. If they are not, and an accident occurs, you could be held liable for the accident simply because it occurred on your property. Also, ask to see worker’s compensation certificates. These will give you a good idea of how professional these people are, and how likely they are to make a mistake. When evaluating these, you should know the worker’s compensation laws in your state in order to make a fair evaluation. A handy reference guide to these laws can be found here.
Another thing to ask about is a warranty. Most of the best roofing contractors cover their work with a warranty of some kind. If they don’t, I would consider that a red flag. If they aren’t willing to stand by their work, they don’t deserve your money.