Roof Replacement Contractors
Don’t become a statistic!
Guardian Roofing was founded on one basic principal. Focus on helping people solve their problems. This sounds elementary. But if it is, why do so many homeowners have so many bad contractor experiences?
Buying a contracting service is not like buying a finished product. A finished product like a car or a computer is usually constructed in a factory somewhere. A construction project gets constructed on your home, or in your home. Since homeowners would not be buying a contracting service if they were contractors for a living it is safe to assume that they are relying on the contractor to be “The Professional”.
What the Puget Sound homeowner does not consider is that there is no formal training for most contracting trades. No training for design, specifications, installation, or most importantly how to run a business.
A recent survey showed that only 55% of people who get roofing work done would refer their roofing contractor. So what can you do? Below is a list of criteria recommended by the National Roofing Contractors association. All roofing contractors are not alike, and NRCA recommends that you prequalify roofing contractors to get the job done right the first time.
The following guidelines will help in your decision:
Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax I.D. number, and a business license.
Insist on seeing copies of the contractor’s liability insurance coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverage is in effect through the entire job.
Look for a company with a proven track record that readily offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied.
Check to see whether the contractor is properly licensed or bonded. Call your state’s licensing board for your state’s specific requirements (where applicable).
Insist on a written proposal and examine it for complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment.
Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations, such as NRCA.
Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed. http://www.thebbb.org/search.html
Have the roofing contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures. Request the name of the person who will be in charge, how many workers will be required and the estimated time of completion.
Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered and watch for provisions that would void it. Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.
Guardian Roofing is committed to living up to this criteria, and much more.