We’ve all heard stories about the bad contractor who duped someone a friend knows, or the shoddy work a relative received because they hired the wrong contractor for the job. But we rarely ever think the same could happen to us. However, if you don’t do your due diligence before hiring a roofing contractor, you might become the cautionary tale a friend or relative shares.
Here are some mistakes to avoid when hiring a roofing and siding contractor.
Not insisting on a written estimate
A written estimate or contract are important to protect both parties in an arrangement. If your contractor seems unwilling to give you a written estimate for the job, it is better that you do not proceed with the deal at all. Refusal to put anything in writing could mean that the contractor does not intend on honoring the contract.
Not asking for a warranty
Any contractor with confidence in their skill and craftsmanship will not hesitate to offer a warranty on the work they have done. Some roofers and roofing companies would even be willing to offer a warranty of 10 years. If your contractor does not offer a warranty up front, ask for one.
Not checking insurance or licensing
It is crucial that your contractor has all the proper licensing and insurance in place. For your safety and to protect you from any liabilities. A good contractor will have all of these in place for every member of their team and if they are subcontracting, they’ll ensure they get you workman with the right licensing and insure them as required. Check with your contractor about these and refuse to proceed with the work unless they have their licensing and insurance in place.
Not doing a background check
Before you even get to checking about licensing, insurance, or warranties, it is important you choose the right contractor. Before choosing a roof and siding contractor do the necessary research. Make sure you pick a local roof contractor and check with friends and family for references. Don’t forget to google the contractor and check the reviews people have left online.
Choosing the cheapest quote
Don’t fall into the trap of choosing the cheapest contractor on your list. While you’d save money now, if your contractor is cutting corners to give you a low price, you’ll end up paying for it in more repairs in the future. It is important to look for the best rate that doesn’t break the bank, but it is equally crucial to choose quality over cost. Select trustworthy, skilled contractors and pick the one with the most affordable price for you.
If you are just looking for a reliable roofing and siding contractor or company to give you value for your money and do an excellent job, call Hynes Roofing & Siding at (610)-890-5620 or fill out our contact form and we’ll give you a FREE estimate for the job.