One of the biggest investments you’re about to make in your home is replacing the roof. Regardless of what type of materials you prefer, the most important decision is who to hire for the job. In areas like Tampa Bay, this can be challenging for the homeowner who is presented with numerous options and may not know how to begin the decision-making.
What you want to is find a reputable contractor who can provide a roofing system at a fair price. Thankfully the National Roofing Contractors Association has created a resource for you. The Residential Roofing Contractor Qualification Form is designed to help homeowners and building owners prequalify roofing contractors.
The form has places for information for two companies so you will have a side-by-side comparison once the form is complete. When you meet with a roofing contractor for a free estimate, you can have him fill in the information. The final contract bid is listed at the end, but there are other important details to fill in along the way.
You want to know if the company carries workers’ compensation and liability insurance. Ask for a copy of both certificates. Also, the contractor must respond to questions about any current litigation. Customer references are another helpful aspect of the qualification form.
Under the materials section of the form, you’ll see a mention of subcontracting. If your contractor plans to subcontract any area of the work, you should know before the project commences. Below the Subcontracting you will see a section for Warranties. Know the difference between a Manufacturer’s warranty and a Contractor’s warranty, and request a copy to review during your decision-making process.
As you can see, there is quite a bit of homework for you to finish before a roofing project begins. But doing your due diligence can make the contracting process run more smoothly. Also, you can avoid encountering any unwelcome surprises later.