A roof is your home’s first line of defense against the external environment. it protects and safeguards your family and personal investments. It also plays an important role in keeping water out and making sure that you live comfortably.
If you require a roof repair or replacement, you need to find the best roofing contractor in your area. You look for a roofing contractor who is not only affordable but also completes the job to your satisfaction with minimal hassle. Below are some of the most important things to consider when hiring a roofing contractor.
1. Relevant Experience
Working with an experienced roofing contractor saves you considerable time and money in the long run. Experienced contractors are equipped with the tools and know-how to do a high-quality job with minimal errors. While the total number of years of experience is important, you should also gauge how much experience the roofing contractor has in your local area and in the specific type of roofing project are looking to hire for.
2. Licensed & insured
We cannot emphasize the importance of working with a licensed and insured contractor enough. Licensed and insured roofers not only protect their employees, company, equipment, and vehicles – but also protect the homeowner.
Roofing is a task that exposes people and property to several potential risks like carrying heavy materials up and down ladders, working near close edges at a high elevation, etc. Having an uninsured contractor working on your roof can pose a potential risk to homeowners.
The insurance covers property damage and injuries that are caused by the contractor’s work as well as workers’ compensation, i.e. payments to injured workers, regardless of who was at fault in the accident, for lost wages and/or medical services.
When reviewing a roofer’s insurance coverage, it’s important to make sure that liability, workman’s compensation, and vehicles are all covered. Without insurance, homeowners would end up paying out of their own pocket if their homeowner’s policy isn’t sufficient to cover the bills if a contractor is injured or there is an accident on the property.
It is always a good practice to ask for a few references in the local area to ensure you are hiring a trusted professional. You can also check out the reviews of the contractor on online platforms such as Google.
4. Manufacturer Warranty
Most established and experienced roofing contractors will use only good quality materials and provide you with manufacturer’s warranty benefits in case of defects.
4. Written Estimates
We strongly recommend working with contractors who provide you with detailed and written estimates. Written estimates allow less room for conflicts later. An experienced roofer would be able to give you a pretty detailed and accurate estimate for your roofing job.
Selecting the right professional to professionally handle your roofing needs is not an easy task. We hope that our list here has given you much to think about. When an area is hit by storms or strong winds, often local roofers perform door-to-door visits in the neighborhood. We recommend examining these with caution. In such cases make it a point to check their license, insurance, and references before taking the discussion further.
If you are looking for a licensed, experienced, and insured roofing contractor for installing a new roof, inspect your roof, or perform repairs, do reach out to MW Construction. We have several years of experience with roofing jobs in the South Jersey area.