There are some basic questions you should ask a Front Range roofer, and most are applicable to all contractors. When it comes to areas that are hit hard by harsh and inclement weather, everyone affected wants to get their property repaired and back to normal as soon as possible, creating a shortage of workers.
This is the perfect environment for contractors lacking integrity that are willing to take advantage of people in need. In this article posted by KOAA 5 of Colorado Springs, it covers 5 important tips you need to keep in mind when hiring a roofer. Number one is an important topic, as an honest company is sure to protect itself and its clients with the proper insurance:
5 Things You Need to Ask a Potential Roofing Contractor – KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo
Colorado has one of the highest claim rates for hail damage in the country, second only to Texas, so the potential for fraudulent or dishonest business practices is very high. To address this issue, Senate Bill 38 was signed into law in 2012 in order to protect the rights of homeowners.
To ensure you hire a reputable and trustworthy roofing contractor, here are 5 key questions to ask:
1. Could you please provide proof of insurance?
One way that unethical contractors try to keep rates down is by cutting corners on insurance coverage. Roofing contractors are required to carry two types of insurance: liability insurance and workers’ compensation.
Liability insurance protects homeowners in case of unforeseen accidents to their home while workers’ compensation covers on-the-job injuries to workers. If a job requires four workers to complete, the contractor must have all four workers covered under the policy. Otherwise, a homeowner could be left holding the bag for what could be some very costly medical bills.
Read the rest of the tips here: 5 Things You Need to Ask a Potential Roofing Contractor – KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo
This video presented by the Better Business Bureau also offers good pointers for hiring a roofer. It’s somewhat discouraging to honest roofing contractors that there are some who are willing to use a situation to their advantage. Checking references, the second tip, is another key to finding a reliable roofing company:
In this post, the first idea the writer from the Boston Globe stresses is to ask around and get references from friends and family. Word of mouth is a huge part of today’s world, especially with social media as part of the picture. If you aren’t reputable, the word gets around fast:
The ultimate guide for dealing with home contractors – The Boston Globe
Many people will jump on the Internet and search for contractors, but it’s better to start your search by asking neighbors, friends, and family — people you trust. During the peak remodeling season, it’s hard not to notice the parade of construction vans and trucks. Stop by and ask your neighbors about their project, its progress, and how it compares with what the contractor promised.
Only after you’ve exhausted this resource should you turn to the Internet. And then it should be to contact an industry organization for advice such as the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, which lists providers by specialty.
Once you’ve pared down your list to at least four names, do background checks. The Better Business Bureau is a great place to start. It gives businesses letter-grade ratings and offers reviews that include background, licensing, consumer experience, and other information, including governmental actions. Some businesses are accredited by the BBB, which means that they meet the bureau’s standards, “including a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints.” The BBB also offers a list of 27 questions homeowners should ask before hiring someone.
Read the original post: The ultimate guide for dealing with home contractors – The Boston Globe
Everyone has made spur of the moment decisions without doing their research. The problem with roofing is that it is an expensive investment, so take your time to find the roofer that your gut tells you is trustworthy.