Choosing the right roofing contractor is crucial to any home improvement project, but particularly more so if your roof needs repair or replacement services. Not only are you entrusting your home with this person or business, but the safety of everyone in your household is also put into their hands. And if they’re not properly licensed and insured, this puts your assets at risk as well.
What exactly do you need to look for when hiring a roofer? We have created a list to help you:

Get local referrals

Getting referrals from friends, family or neighbors who have used a roofing contractor’s services in your area can help narrow down your choices. If you are able to ask for references, make sure to call them up and discuss their experiences with the company. Make sure to pay attention if they are happy with what the contractor has done for them. Get references from other professionals.

Look for manufacturer designations

This is to ensure that the roofing contractor is trained to install certain types of roofs. The best roofers are those who have been formally trained and skilled in installing different types of roofs, including GAF Master Elite, Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, CertainTeed Landmark and Drexel Heritage ClassicRoof certified professionals.

Get an extensive warranty

Upon completion of the roofing project, make sure that you are given a warranty for your peace of mind. A good roofer will offer you a warranty for at least 20 years but ideally 25 to 30 years. Make sure that any materials used are stated in the contract as well as the methods employed by the contractor to ensure their durability and longevity.

Check for proper licensing and insurance

According to a research conducted by Home Advisor, over 90% of roofing contractors in the U.S. are not properly licensed or insured to protect your home from accidents or unexpected damage. This means you could be held financially liable if anything was to happen during your roofing job. Also, make sure they are not only licensed but also covered by liability insurance.
You should be able to get proof of their insurance online or through asking for an original copy of their policy. As for license information, you will need to look it up in the state/county where they are based or physically visit the location.

Pay your deductible

You should never have to pay for your roofing contractor’s insurance. A good contractor will already have their own form of commercial general liability insurance that covers your property and assets against any damages or accidents that may happen during the project. This means if they get sued or file a claim for an incident arising out of the work they did, you will not be held accountable.

Don’t give in to pressure

Never rush into hiring anyone. Take time to pick the perfect roofing contractor for you. A lot of roofers will tell you that they have a limited number of days in which your job needs to be completed, this is intended to pressure you into signing their line just so they can get paid for all the work they have already invested in. If you are asked to make a decision before you are ready, then this is your cue to walk away.

Follow these easy tips when choosing the best roofing contractor for your home improvement project and you won’t have to worry about anything else.