Selecting a professional roofing contractor is important for ensuring quality work that is supported by reliable after-sales service. United Restoration urges all Colorado Springs residents to hire National Roofing Contractors Association members. NRCA professional contractor members agree to a 10-point member pledge that includes a commitment to standing by their work and exhibiting professionalism, quality workmanship and offering customer references. They can show you how your roof system can help you save energy costs, too. Follow these steps to find a contractor who complies with the requirements for a hassle-free installation.
1. Do Your Research
Search for contractors who have experience with the local conditions, and short-list three of the companies that seem promising. Interview a representative from each company, and ask questions about the work that the company has done in the area. Determine whether the company has an office in the vicinity, and ask for the full address. Professional contractors are more likely to have business premises instead of working from home; if the office is nearby, the contractor’s response time will be shorter in case of an emergency.
2. Understand Legal Requirements
Research the requirements for professional licensing in Colorado, and verify that the contractor is licensed to operate in the state. Some states require contractors to pass examinations as evidence of their qualifications. Find out how long the company has been operating and ask about the warranties available on their work. The contractor should offer a warranty on the workmanship, and the roofing materials should be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty. United Restoration offers a 10 Year Limited Liability Warranty on labor, one of the best in Colorado Springs and throughout Colorado. The manufacturer’s warranty may be valid only if the roof is installed by an authorized contractor. Obtain a hard copy of each of the two documents, and keep them safe for the duration of the warranties.
3. Check for Insurance
Check whether the company has liability and workers’ compensation insurance. The first ensures that the homeowner is not personally liable for accidental damage to the house. The second protects the homeowner from liability if a worker is injured while working on the property. Ask to see written proof of insurance, and don’t be tempted to accept a lower price from an uninsured contractor.
4. Check for Referrals
Ask each company for a list of former customers to request referrals. Contact each homeowner personally, and ask whether the work was performed on time and within the budget. Ask about the contractor’s attitude, whether the company operated professionally and if the referrer would recommend the company. Find out if the contractor responded positively and promptly to any after-sales services that were required.
5. Review the Contract Carefully
A lot of our work comes from people who have been defrauded by “fly-by-night” roofing contractors. When this happens, we have to come in and fix the shoddy roof and deal with the insurance company. If the contract is hard to understand, be warned. Quality roofing contractors will make it easy for their clients to understand the contract. Here is what you should look for…
Check that all details of the agreement are included in the contract, and verify whether costs such as permit requirements are covered. To avoid being sold an inferior-quality roof, ensure that the contract specifies the brand or type of roofing. List the exact start and end dates, and include penalties for late completion. The contract should also contain a breakdown of costs and a payment schedule, as well as details of insurance and warranties, and it should identify responsibility for clean-up work and costs.
Finding the right roofing contractor in Colorado Springs to install a roof is as important as choosing the roof style and material. Colorado residents need to be sure that the contractor is operating legally, is insured, and has the means and intention to provide any necessary after-sales services. To avoid misunderstandings, the contract should list every detail of the work, dates and payments. United Restoration will help you understand your roofing contract at no charge! Call us if you are having an issue with your current contractor.
Roofing is extremely difficult for those of us with little to no construction experience, but being knowledgeable with the process is achievable by us all. Contact United Restoration with any questions you may have regarding roofing or any other home improvement topics. We love helping our Colorado communities!