It can be very difficult to figure out which contractor to use when you have storm damage- especially when your neighborhood is inundated with door knockers and flyers from 10 different companies.
Recently, Rob Calhan and Artie Hendricks from Pasadena Voice explained eight tips for finding a trustworthy storm damage contractor.
After a storm, it’s important to perform any necessary roofing repairs quickly to help protect your home from further damage.
But that doesn’t mean you should choose the first contractor who knocks on your door. Finding one who is trustworthy, honest and professional will make all the difference in protecting your roof investment. These eight tips will help protect you, your home and your wallet.
1. Get local referrals. There is less chance of disappointment when you choose a contractor from your community who is likely to be familiar with local rules and codes and who has a relationship with area crews and suppliers.
2. Look for manufacturer designations. The contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be factory-certified for handling certain companies’ products. For example, look for a company that is designated as a Master Elite contractor, because GAF is strict about who can handle its product line, and these are usually high-quality and dependable roofing contractors.
3. Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. Check that the roofing contractor has an A+ BBB rating.
4. Get an extensive warranty. Most manufactures will cover the workmanship warranty for factory-trained installers if the chosen contractor is no longer in business. Without a workmanship warranty, you might be on the hook for mistakes that show up years later.
5. Check for proper licensing and insurance. The contractor should have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate for validation.
6. Pay your deductible. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to pay their deductible to the contractor once contract is agreed upon. This should be the only cost to the homeowner unless they decide to upgrade any products.
7. Resist pressure. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage.
8. Ask about material choices. The style and color of the shingle you install can affect the resale value of your home. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof, consider upgrading to a style that better suits your taste. Knowledge is power.
Article written by Rob Calhan and Artie Hendricks; Pasadena Voice.