Your roofing contractor can make or break the repair or replacement of your roofing project. Unfortunately, there are far too many horror stories of people getting leaks or damages right after repairs—or even worse, the job wasn’t finished and money still changed hands. Some people think they can spot a bad deal a mile away, but it isn’t always as easy as you might think.

We want you to know what questions to ask and what to look for when hiring a roofing professional. Use these tips to ensure your home and your wallet will be protected and safe in the hands of a reliable roofing contractor.

1. Send A Proposal or Contract

You should receive a proposal stating exactly what work will be done on your roof and what materials will be used. A detailed item list is a good sign your contractor is a working professional and you can know exactly how much each item costs, including labor. The itemized list isn’t always provided depending on who you’re working with, but you should ask for one for peace of mind.

2. Has Proper Licensing

Your contractor should be licensed by the city you live in or the state. Don’t work with a contractor who isn’t licensed. A good contractor will be able to present a copy of their license when asked. This can cover any liability the roofer could incur and ensures that you don’t have to burden that liability. There are those out there that will do your roof for cheap out of the back of their pickup, but it isn’t as safe as hiring a licensed professional.

3. Stays Local

When some contractors canvas your neighborhood, they may not be from your city. This means they can come from out of town to pick up jobs caused by a recent storm or bad weather. Find a roofing contractor through referrals, a web search of your local area, or even from a job you’ve seen completed near you. This way you can trust who you’re hiring and see the previous work they’ve done.

4. Knows How to Handle Insurance

A good roofing contractor should know how to deal with insurance policies. The homeowner will have to pay the deductible to begin roof repair or replacement. A contractor that says they can start work without a deductible paid could actually be committing fraud. If a contractor says they can also handle your insurance claim, that is illegal in many states. Be mindful of your insurance policy and make sure your contractor is aware of these things as well.

5. Doesn’t Pressure You

This sounds obvious, but if a contractor displays forceful behavior, do not work with them. If a contractor is pressuring you to pay for a certain item or repair, don’t work with them. Your home needs to be inspected by an insurance adjuster and then the contractor. Don’t feel rushed by a contractor telling you to sign before this has happened.

Your home needs a quality roof to protect and insulate you and your family, so your contractor should make quality their number one priority and be transparent with you when working. We hate to see good people taken advantage of by unprofessional roofing practices and people.

Keep this checklist in mind when looking for a roofing specialist. We love to help those who are in need of quality roofing and professional service. If you would like to contact us with questions on contractors or what services we can provide, call us at (918) 994-2874 or fill out the form below.

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  • Ellie Davis says:

    It’s interesting to know that a good roofing contractor will send you a proposal about the job that needs to be done. My husband is thinking about replacing the roof at my mother’s house, and we are looking for advice. I will let him know about your recommendations to find the right roofing contractor for the job.

  • Kate Hansen says:

    It’s good to know that they should have a license in your city. My roof has had a bad leak in it for a couple of weeks now and it’s been causing bad water damage to my attic, and I want to get it fixed as soon as possible. I’ll make sure to keep this information in mind as I search for a quality roofer.

  • Fay says:

    My husband was reading this article the other night and he told me that he liked how you explained that a good roofing contractor should be able to present documentation of their licenses as soon as they are asked. Personally, I believe this type of criteria should be applied in almost all aspects of life when hiring professional services. We have noticed that our roof is sagging and we are worried about its strength, so we need to hire someone with experience to take care of this.

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