Choosing the right material for your roofing installation is very important, and even the best and most durable material can buckle when handled or installed improperly. That’s why choosing the right installers is critical when you want a roofing job done. Unfortunately, there are quite a few shady companies out there that do not have your best interests at heart, and sorting out the good ones from the bad can be tough.
Our experienced roofing specialists at State Roofing offer these tips on finding trustworthy roofers so you don’t fall victim to some of the most common roofing scams.
Look at Their History
Roof problems can be an enormous pain in the behind, particularly when you’ve recently been hit by some unfavorable weather. This can make anybody a little desperate to sign a contract and have your roof back in excellent shape. Before you sign that contract, however, take a look at the history of the residential roof installation company you’ve chosen. You don’t want to accidentally be bound to a fly-by-night storm chaser operation. A good rule of thumb is to trust only the companies with at least 10 or more years of continuous business.
Observe Due Diligence
Aside from their background, you certainly want to make sure that your contractor has all the important licenses, certifications, insurance and training up-to-date and active. Ask for a copy of their license and check it against the Washington State Department of Licensing website just to be sure. Don’t forget to ask about liability, workman’s comp, bonds and other proof of insurance. Having sufficient coverage will protect you and the company’s employees.
Warranties and Coverage
Lastly, you want to make sure that both the materials used for your roof and the labor are covered by a good warranty. This could be provided by the company itself or through the roofing manufacturer, depending on the type of warranty. Check their coverage periods as well. Asphalt shingles are typically warrantied for materials for up to 20 years while metal roofing systems often have it longer. Labor warranties should also have a minimum of 12 months. This ensures your roof can handle all seasons without any surprises.
State Roofing is your trusted provider of roofing services, maintenance and installation. Call us at (360) 205-3100 or fill out our online contact form to get a free estimate today. We serve Seattle, WA.