Coming Out On Top When Hiring A New Hampshire Roofing Contractor
Roof work is something that many home owners dread for a lot of reasons. The cost of repairs may not be ideal, and some don’t want to deal with companies they’ve never seen before. The pain of hiring a New Hampshire roofing contractor can be lessened a bit by taking advantage of the following tips.
Liability and worker’s compensation insurance should be requirements for any roofing contractor that will be hired. Their insurance can be confirmed by asking for certificates and making calls to their insurance carrier. Insurance provides coverage for the contracting service itself and the cost of the roofing job.
Stick with a local company for contracting in New Hampshire. It’s not enough for the company to just operate in the New Hampshire area, they actually need to have a location in the area and a reputation with the people who live there. Any company can come in and do a roofing job, but one that has a physical presence is more likely to be available after the roofing job is done, and will be able to honor a warranty if necessary. Meanwhile, other companies won’t carry the same longevity and can vanish at any time.
Don’t just choose a company based on price alone. While a cheap price may look attractive, it usually comes with problems after the work is done. Many people offer cheap services because they are doing roofing as a side job or don’t have an established location. In many cases, these contractors will have cheaper parts and won’t do as great of a job as a more professional contractor, and extra repairs will have to be done to make up for their mistakes. These cheap contractors also present a problem for regular contractors by bringing down the market, which leads to them having to adjust their prices to cover jobs.
Some contractors will go door to door to find customers in a practice called storm chasing. They’ll tell home owners that their roof has some kind of damage, usually storm damage, and that they’ll have to get an intent letter signed. This is not required at all, and when these contractors approach, they should be ignored or a satisfied client of theirs should be found. If no one can produce a positive review for these contractors, then they aren’t worth the time.
Before agreeing to a job by a contractor, all of the details of the job should be written down. Home owners should know exactly what they are agreeing to and they shouldn’t be paying the contractors until the work has actually been done. The terms for paying the contractor should be agreed to by the contractor and home owner, and the home owner should also know how long the job will take to complete and how big of a crew the contractor will need to do it.
While home owners won’t be thrilled about know their roof will need repair, having a good New Hampshire roofing contractor will make the process go smoothly.