How To Choose A Roofing Contractor

July 2009 Volume 1 Number 7

The purchase of a new roof system is an important decision and should be treated as an investment. Before you spend that hard earned money, spend a little time learning how to evaluate roofing contractors. First and foremost, insist on working with a professional roofing contractor. The following guidelines can help you select a professional:

  • Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number and tax identification number.
  • Ask for proof of insurance. Insist on seeing copies of liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates.
  • Check to see if the contractor is properly licensed.
  • Make sure the contractor is financially stable. A professional roofing contractor can provide current financial information about his company.
  • Look for a proven track record along with client references and a list of completed projects. Make sure that the contractor has successfully completed projects similar in size, scope and dollar value as your project.
  • Call some people on the client list to find out if they are satisfied.
  • Insist on a detailed, written proposal, with complete descriptions of the work, job specifications and payment terms.
  • Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality-control procedures.
  • Carefully read and understand any roofing warranties offered and watch for provisions that would void it.
  • Choose a company committed to worker safety and education. Does he have a written safety program?
  • Have the contractor list the roofing manufacturers with which his firm is a licensed or approved applicator.
  • Require a letter from the chosen manufacturer that states this contractor is approved, can receive a warranty and that the manufacturer has looked at the project, specifications, details and approves it’s application.
  • Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Remember, price is only one of the criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. “Cheapest is not always least expensive.” Professionalism, experience and quality workmanship should weigh heavily in your decision

For a professional contractor that exceeds these criteria, call Spann Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., your full service roofing contractor.

Roofing Resources

For additional information on roofing products, specification and news check these helpful websites:

www.nrca.net www.crsmca.org www.spri.org www.rci-online.org www.coolroofs.org www.ricowi.com www.tileroofing.org www.asphaltroofing.org www.fmglobal.com www.astm.org

Spann Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. offers a vast array roof services to meet your needs like:

New Construction • Reroofing • Renovation Inspections • Maintenance • Repairs

And superior products you can trust like:

Modified Bitumen • BUR • Single Ply Coatings • Metal • Tile • Shingles

459 Allied Dr. • Conway, S.C. 29526 • 843-347-2220 • Fax: 843-347-9719 www.spannroofing.com

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