Let’s face it. Roofing jobs make for expensive, but necessary, home maintenance. Failure to address roofing problems can lead to expensive damages within your home, so it is important that you stay on top of signs that a new roof may be in order. However, many homeowners are unsure where to start when looking for a reliable and quality contractor to do the job.

That is why this article, How to hire a roofer: 4 steps to make scary process easier, by Susan Clotfelter of the Denver Post, is so useful and highly recommended by the home improvement experts at BHI. In this article, Clotfelter lists, and explains, the four steps homeowners should take when when going about having a new roof installed. They include the following:

Step 1: Avoid Getting Tricked by Scammers

Unsolicited salespeople often represent fly-by-night companies that may do a shoddy job (if they show up at all) and then take off with your money, leaving you no way to contact them. The best way to ensure that the contractors you are considering are legitimate is to ensure that they have:

  • A legitimate place of business, phone number and tax idea number.
  • Liability and worker’s compensation insurance certificate (pay attention to expiration dates)
  • Licensure by the state
  • References

Step 2: Get and Compare Roof Replacement Estimates

Narrow your search down to three contracting companies that meet the criteria in step one and then get proposals and estimates in writing. Ensure that the roofing materials that the contractors will be using are of high quality.  Also, contact the roofers’ references and ensure that there are no complaints registered at the BBB(Better Business Bureau).

Step 3: Vet the Roofing Contract

Once you have chosen a roofing company, get a contract in writing. But do not sign it until you have checked that it contains the following:

  • The company’s name, address, tax ID and phone number
  • A detailed itemization of the work to be done
  • A list of the materials to be used
  • Approximate start and completion dates
  • How the company will handle working with your home insurance company
  • Refund and cancellation policies
  • How disposal of project waste will be handled
  • The length of the warranty and what it covers

Step 4: Monitor the Work While It Is Being Done

Make sure that the contractor is using the materials listed in the contract. Do not sign a certificate of completion until the work is truly finished and all the construction waste is removed.  You may even want to ask your insurance adjuster inspect the work before signing.

You can get more details about each of these steps by reading the full article here.

If your home is situated in the southwestern Chicago suburbs, we hope that you will include Baltic Home Improvements on your short list of contractors. We are a reliable and award-winning area contracting firm that has more than 10 years of proven experience. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free evaluation and estimate for your roofing job.

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