5 Mistakes when choosing a Roofer

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 by Jordan Faust

Having your roof replaced is kind of a big deal, and a major expense. There are so many roofing companies in the Denver area, making it very important to do your homework when choosing a reputable, experienced contractor to do the work. There are also many companies that call themselves "professional roofers," when they are actually swindling homeowners before disappearing. How can you be sure you are making the right decision? Here are some common mistakes when choosing a residential roofing contractor:

1. Hiring an Unlicensed or Uninsured Roofer

A reputable residental roofing company should have both: General Liability (protects your home if a contractor damages it while completing work) and Worker's Compensation (provides coverage if a contractor is injured on the job). Always check credentials as your doing research to make sure you hire a qualified, licensed roofer.

2. Not Researching the Company's Reputation

It's important to do your homework based on location, customer reviews, and the BBB. A legitimate, well-established roofing company will have a physical address and location where they operate. Experiences of previous customers are a great way to determine whether you should go with that company or not. And finally, the BBB (or Better Business Bureau) rating of the company will include current and resolved complaints and customer reviews and determine if that company is reputable or not.

3. Not Getting a Warranty on Work Performed

Reputable roofers who take pride in their work will offer a warranty to back it up and will offer advice on available manufacturers' warranties.

4. Failing to Secure a Written Estimate

A proper scope of work and contract including details such as materials, labor, and what should happen if anything changes will guarantee your investment and help you compare quotes.

5. Making a Price-Based Decision

Although it's important to weigh competing quotes, it's important not to make your decision based purely on price. Your decision should ultimately be based on the quality of workmanship the contractor can provide. 


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