As you search for a roofing contractor there are many factors to consider. It is important to be properly prepared and educated before you begin that search. The more you know the more likely you are to choose Bay To Bay Roofing, Inc for your roofing project.
Be sure your contractor is financially stable and has a history of good business in your area. Make sure that they will provide a release of lien when work is done. Roofers who have high quality designations with major Manufacturers such as Platinum Roofers with Owen’s Corning or MASTER ELITE with GAF, have gone through significant financial and quality scrutiny before receiving those designations, so that is one thing to look for when choosing roofers and contractors in general.
You definitely want to make sure that your contractor carries general liability insurance for both commercial and residential projects. A sizable contractor will carry no less than $500,000, but more closely around $1,000,000 in coverage. It is important that they are not “self-insured” there are a good amount of companies that do not carry proper coverage to protect you against any losses.
Before choosing a company ensure that there is an arbitration statement within the contract. This ensures that if complaints arise, the roofer agrees to settle disputes through binding arbitration. Without this agreement there is no recourse.
If a contractor asks for money upfront, other than a small down payment for materials and permitting (Gnerally 5-10%) ask questions! There are only two reasons that a contractor would ask for more than a small percentage of the job before beginning work. The first reason is if a special order or custom non-returnable roofing material is ordered, such as tile, metal, or other specilized or custom materials.. This way the contractor is not out the money if you decide you don’t want it, or decide not to finish the project. The other reason is if your insurance is not covering your roof repair and your credit is questionable. Other than these reasons payment should not be demanded up front. There are a lot of frauds and scams out there so it is good to be wary of such things.
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