A roofing contractor should always have a valid license and insurance to operate a roof repair or roof maintenance business. The inspector should be very particular about getting all the relevant information on a roofing contractor. He should do his homework thoroughly to find out if there are any complaints pending against a roof contractor. If the inspector finds any, then he must investigate them thoroughly and report them to the licensing board for further action.
It is a well-known fact that roofing manufacturers do not put any warranty on the roof they sell. Therefore, if you purchase a roof from a manufacturer, you are on your own in case of roof damage. The manufacturer might not even guarantee the roof for a fixed price. In case you feel that you will have to spend a lot on repairs because of roof damage, you can file a complaint with the roofing manufacturer. Most roofing manufacturers will settle out the issue amicably, without taking any legal action.
It is also very important to note that certified roofing contractor does not hold any license or permit to undertake work. The only authority a contractor has been the certification from the government. The certification issued by the government will only be valid for a certain period of time. It can be renewed after expiry. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that the roof installation done by the certified roofing contractor is not affected by any such renewal.
There are certain roofing companies that will state that they have obtained the roofing contractor’s certification. It is quite difficult to differentiate between these companies and those that actually have the certification. A roofing company that states that they have received the roofing contractor’s certification should be differentiated from one that does not. Usually, the latter company will have no certification to begin with and can only present a roofing contractor’s license. It is advisable to take roofing professionals who do have the proper certification. This way, you can be sure that your roof is safe.
Another thing that you must look out for is whether or not a licensed roofing contractor will give you an estimate of the total cost of their work. A licensed roofer will definitely present a more accurate estimate of their labor services as compared to non-licensed contractors. So, it is important to ask this question before starting the job. As a rule of thumb, if a licensed roofing contractor will not give you a quotation, then you might want to hire a non-licensed roofer. On the other hand if you will get a quotation from a roofer who is not a licensed roofing contractor, then you can be pretty certain that the roofer has either not been trained properly or is misrepresenting himself as a roofer.
It is also important to find out the credibility of a roofing contractor manufacturer. In most states, a roofing contractor manufacturer is required to be licensed by the state in which the manufacturer operates his business. You can easily access a manufacturer’s website to get the contact details of a particular manufacturer. It is also advisable to go to a roofing trade show to view the different manufacturers available.
The roofers’ manufacturer certifications should be accompanied by good after sales service. After all, you are paying for the roofing materials and labor that a technician initially did not use. If you were to pay a roofing contractor who claims that his materials can be used over again, you will be spending even more money. There should be support available after sales, as well as easy ways for the roofer to contact the manufacturer if there are any issues. This way, you do not have to spend time calling around to different roofers and companies. Just contact the company right away and your roof problems will be solved in no time.
The certification from the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and other organizations like National Home Builders Association help contractors gain more trust in the eyes of consumers. You can easily look up these websites to find the contact information of a roofing contractor. You can also read NRCA and HBCA articles to get good ideas on choosing the right contractor. Always remember to ask the contractor for references so that you can contact the past clients for further reference. Once you are able to find a roofer who has the certification, make sure that he actually has the roofing license.