Having a new roof installed on your house is a large investment, so you will want to be sure that the contractor you hire to do the work is a reputable one who will provide your home with quality workmanship. Residents in the Chicagoland area have a large selection of roofing contractors at their disposal, so it may be difficult to narrow down your selection. These questions to ask your roofing contractor can ensure that your final decision is a good one.

Question One: Are you licensed in Illinois?

The state of Illinois requires roofing contractors to hold a license to practice their trade. Roofers who do not hold the proper licensing documentation may do shoddy work and scam you when you try to get compensation. You can ask your potential roofing contractors to provide their state license number and then follow up with the state for verification. This will also prove to you that your contractor is fully insured. In order to hold a state license in Illinois, roofers must provide a $10,000 surety bond and proof of liability insurance in the amount of $250,000 for each occurrence and $500,000 for each occurrence of personal injury or bodily harm. Proof of workers compensation insurance is also required.

Question Two: How long have you been in business?

It is best to work with a contracting company that has been established in the neighborhood for a number of years. These companies will be able to provide a number of local references and are far less likely to vanish into the night if you need follow-up attention. Baltic Home Improvements, for example, has been operating in the southwestern Chicagoland area for more than ten years.

Question Three:  Can you provide me with a list of references?

Contractors should be able to provide you with some local references. You can drive by their homes to look at the quality of the work and can call the homeowners to ask for a frank assessment of the contractor. Bear in mind, however, that most contractors will only provide you with the names of customers with whom they have had a positive experience. Feel free to ask your contractor for the names of the last three people they did jobs for and contact them. This will give you the most accurate picture of what you can expect if they work on your home.

Question Four: What manufacturers’ qualifications do you hold?

Manufacturers of many quality roofing materials will require contractors to receive specialized training or certification before they can be an official installer of their products. Ask about products that your contractor is qualified to install. For example, Baltic Home Improvements is an Owens Corning™ Roofing Preferred Contractor.

Question Five: What is your safety record?

Roofing is dangerous work. You will want to be certain that you are hiring a roofing company that makes safety a #1 concern. At Baltic Home Improvements, we take safety worker safety very seriously. We operate under the guidance of OSHA regulations and provide our employees with regular safety training. We also have a strict drug and alcohol policy for our employees to further ensure their safety when working on your home.

Questions Six: What warranties do you offer?

It is important that you choose a roofing company that will stand behind its work. In addition to the warranties offered by our product manufacturers, Baltic Home Improvements warrants that any roof, siding or gutters we install will be free from workmanship defects for a period of 10 years from the completion date (exceptions may apply). The warranties can be transferred to a new homeowner at no cost. To learn more about our warranty including named exclusions and limitations, please contact us.

Baltic Home Improvements would like to be your contractor of choice if you have roofing work that needs to be handled by a professional. Contact us to learn more about the services we offer and to schedule an obligation-free assessment of your roofing job.

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