Emily Videtto: Hi! I am Emily Videtto, Executive Director of Residential Roofing at GAF. Today, I'm going to discuss the important of selecting the right contractor for your roofing project.
For most people repairing or replacing your own roof is not an option. You're going to need to get professional in their and we've all heard the horror stories of a roofing job gone bad and the pain and aggravates that that poor homeowner had to go through. So it's very important that you choose a professional, experienced and trustworthy contractor to work with. Referrals are often a good way to find quality contractors. Ask your neighbors about their experience if they have had roofing work done. The Internet is another good way to locate and learn about contractors. Evaluate their web presence and look for independent reviews by homeowners that have done business with them. It's highly recommended that you select your shingles before deciding on a contractor. Your shingles manufacturer's website will likely have list of the contractors in your area that are certified to install their shingle. Always look for a contractor who have been a business for a number of years in your community and can give you an extensive reference list. If they've been in business several years they should have hundreds of past satisfied customers. And don't just leave it that call some of these references to confirm that they had a positive experience and that they've received good support after the install.
Check their Better Business Bureau rating by going to bbb.
org to make sure that they have a solid background. You should also ask for a copy of their business license and insurance certificate. Almost all states require insurance and many states require a state license to do roofing work. And this is very important you should also ask them whether they are certified by the roofing manufacturer you selected to install that manufacturer's products.
In the end, you need to feel comfortable at the contractor you choose is truly interested in doing the best job for your home or both your satisfaction and his reputation are on the line.