People spend more time under their roof than anywhere else yet rarely spend time thinking about its role in their lives. At SGT Roofing we think about roofs constantly so you don’t have to. Not only do we know about the fears many people face but also the common mistakes people make. We believe everyone deserves a high-quality roof completed in a timely fashion by seasoned and respectful professionals. Unfortunately, some people do not get what they deserve and experience one of the common roofing scams. Although these scams cannot be completely avoided, you can increase the probability of hiring a quality roofing contractor by asking the following questions:
May I see your proof of insurance, including workman's comp?
Don’t hire a roofer until you’ve seen their proof of insurance and it matches their business information. One nightmarish scenario with roofing contractors is being liable for any accidents or damage that occur on your property. The last thing you need are bills for insurance or workman’s comp that could’ve easily been avoided if you’d hired a quality roofing company. Reputable roofers have liability insurance and workman’s comp insurance to cover any mishaps that occur.
What are your payment terms?
If a roofing contractor wants more than half of the payment upfront or the entire payment before the job is complete, avoid working with them. They will likely abscond with your money or leave before the work is complete. All roof repair and replacement businesses have different payment terms, but you should negotiate a 50% or less payment upfront and the last payment upon completion of the project.
May I speak with one of your previous local clients?
The key word in the question is local. By speaking with previous local clients you will be able to learn about not only the roofers quality of work but also their timeliness, their customer service, treatment of homes and property. The most important reason to ask potential roofing contractors about local clients is to avoid what James Kirby, the associate director of for the National Roofing Contractors Association, calls 'Storm Chasers'.
“There's always the storm chasers. You know, a hail storm runs through Kansas or some other area and there are [roofers] that literally chase these storms. A lot of them are very good, they are reputable, and they can do very good work, but we hear quite a few stories from people about a roofer that came in, didn't do a very good job and now a little while later they are having trouble and they tell us they don't know how to find the person or the business.”
May I have an industry organization leader or manufacturer's rep inspect the finished roof?
This one question alone can help weed out inferior roofing contractors and shows your are serious about getting a top-notch roof. Any reputable roofer will not balk at this question because they already ensure their work meets or exceeds industry standards.
Avoid the common roofing scams by asking potential roofing contractors the above questions. They might save you from a undesirable cost and stress.
Contact the professionals at SGT Roofing to get the best possible roof and the lowest possible price.