How To Hire Qualified Roofing Contractors
Not anyone can just call themselves a roofing contractor. A roofing contractor must adhere to a number of very specific standards in order to use the official title. These standards work in your favor by keeping roofing contractors that don?t have what it takes from doing business. A registered business and general contractor?s license is all that?s required to do business as a roofing contractor in most states. Avoid contractors that don?t have the necessary documentation. You may not have to pay as much for an unlicensed contractor but the work isn?t likely to be very good.
Every state will vary when it comes to general contracting licenses, but here are the minimum standards in most states.
Two years of experience through a trade school or apprenticeship program will be required to get a license. A roofing contractor must also register their business. When they then apply for a license, they must show proof of liability insurance of $50,000 or more, as well as workers? compensation coverage. If the contractor you hire has insurance, you know that you?re protected in the case of an accident. If approved, most states require that roofing contractors renew their general contracting license every 2 years.
The organizations they?re associated with are almost as important as the licensing itself. The Better Business Bureau and other local organizations help keep tabs on businesses. As well as a number of national trade associations and certification programs like the GAF Master Elite Roofing Certification program that hold their members to high standards. When interviewing roofing contractors, compare and contrast their certifications and associations to ensure you hire the right people for the job.
Past work and online reviews should also be looked into. Experience and reputation go a long way when choosing a roofing contractor.