Sitting down with a contractor and proposing your contract to them in a professional manner is a great way to educate yourself, but don’t fall for the high-pressure sales strategy. They may try to convince you that their price is only good, or that you should act now to save your spot. These sales tricks will have you wondering at the end of the day whether you really got the best bang for your buck. Compile your bids, review them, and make an educated decision about who you want to work with on your home. More often than not, those “one day deals” aren’t as good as they seem.
Licensed and Insured
Never allow any contractor to work on your home without a builder’s license and full insurance. You’ll want to get copies of both before signing the contract. If a contractor is not fully insured, the homeowner assumes responsibility for anything that may go wrong at the work site.
How long have they been in business?
You will want to choose a company that has not only been in business for a long time, but is also in your local area. The construction industry is notorious for companies starting up, talking big, and going away in just a few years (or months!). Be sure to do a thorough background check to confirm that the number of years they have been in business is indeed true. Generally you’ll want to work with someone who has been around for at least as long as their workmanship is under warranty.
Each manufacturer has different criteria for getting certified to install their product. You never want a non-certified installer to install your roof. Being one of the highest quality manufacturers, Malarkey has set the standard for how shingles are manufactured and installed.
References and Referrals
Don’t make any decisions until you’ve talked to someone who has worked for the company before. Make sure they are reliable, show up on time, and behave in a professional and courteous manner. Companies can have a large advertising budget but a low referral rate, so be sure to ask around and get some feedback. Some good places to call include local suppliers, building inspectors, and attorneys general.
Always be sure to get a detailed offer that includes not only the scope and price of the work, but also the material specifications. You never want to be in the middle of a project and find out that what you thought you were getting and what was sold to you are completely different things. Go over each item on the contract individually and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to explain words and products you don’t understand. That’s what they are there for! They should educate you along the way so that you have a clear and accurate understanding of the process.
There are many things to look for in a roofing contractor, and we can help you pick out the right one for you, your home. Contact us at i5 Exteriors to talk about your options and to book for a roofing contractor.