A sound roof does more than protect the things you value. It
protects the people you love. That's why we recommend you consider
using an Elk Peak Performance Contractor to install your new Elk
roof. Click here to locate a Peak Performance Contractor in your area
Minor leaks with the season's first rain. Major damage caused
by an unseasonable storm. Whatever your roofing needs, large or
small, you need a professional roofing contractor you can trust.
You need a contractor who will provide you with sound advice on
products, reasonable explanations of procedures and, most important
— solid results.
It's difficult to determine the capabilities and reliability
of a roofing contractor. That's why we created this simple, step-by-step
guide designed to help you find the contractor who's right for
Where to Begin
A roofing system is a complex combination of elements, the success
of which depends on the quality of shingles, installation and
overall construction. There are many ways to start your search
for the roofing contractor who meets your individual needs. Referrals
are obviously the best source for names of credible companies.
Ask friends and family members who they have used in the past.
Contact your local Chamber of Commerce about roofing contractors
who are active in the community. The Better Business Bureau, state
and local licensing authorities, local trade associations and
your local yellow pages directory are also excellent sources of
Meeting and Evaluating Potential Contractors
After you have compiled a list of possible roofing contractors,
take time to evaluate each one carefully. A professional contractor
will be happy to provide any information you may require. Some
homeowners have been mystified by the seeming lack of interest
and response from the contractors they call. To get a roofer to
respond to your call, tell him you are shopping around, but are
only interviewing three contractors, not ten. A contractor is
shopping for good jobs that will make a fair profit and bring
future referrals. Some contractors have had experiences with unreasonable
or dishonest homeowners. Therefore, they look for warning signs
of customer problems during the initial job interview. Set up
a meeting to discuss your needs and their qualifications, and
be sure to pay close attention to the attitude of the company
representative. Good contractors take pride in their work and
will be enthusiastic about the possibility of helping you with
your roofing problems. If you feel confident that the contractor
is truly interested in your project, ask for the company's vital
statistics —- specific business information that will help
you make your final decision.
Vital Statistics Include:
- Business Name and Address
- A good, professional contractor will provide the company's
permanent business address and telephone number. These are essential
when checking on the company's previous business dealings.
- The training and experience of a contractor, as well as the
age of his or her company, will help you determine their ability
to successfully complete your roofing project.
- Licensing/Bonding -
Some states require special licensing for roofing contractors.
Ask for business license numbers and information on the company
which bonds the contractor. Then check with local authorities
to see that the company complies with regulations.
- Insurance Coverage
- A contractor should carry worker's compensation and general
liability insurance. Request the name and address of the insurance
carrier, along with a copy of the company's insurance certificate.
Beware of low bids, which are a result of incomplete insurance
coverage and workman's compensation.
- Professional References
- Your contractor's past can help determine your future. Ask
for credit references, banking information and a list of completed
projects, including the names and telephone numbers of previous
- Company Philosophy -
Discuss application techniques and workmanship guarantees. Does
the contractor stand behind his work?
Utilizing the Contractor’s Product Knowledge
Your contractor should have up-to-date knowledge on quality products
for your project. He or she is the best source of information,
but you should play an active role in the product selection process.
Ask questions about different shingles such as brand names, life
span, thickness, design, available colors and warranties. Selecting
the best products is as important to your job as selecting the
Whether you're repairing a portion of your roof or replacing it
entirely, now is the time to consider related projects. Perhaps
you need new roof vents, or gutters and downspouts. Even more
aesthetic additions, such as enhanced high profile hip and ridge
shingles, or skylights, should be reviewed. When done in conjunction
with a roofing project, all of these enhancements are more convenient
and less expensive.
Understanding and Negotiating the Contract
Consult your attorney for legal advice as to the terms and conditions
of your contract. You should read your contract thoroughly and
make sure it is clear and that you understand it. Ask for any
protection you need that is not in the contractor's "standard
Sit Back and Relax
A little well-planned research up front will undoubtedly save
you a lot of time and trouble later on. Once you feel confident
that you have the best contractor, the best products, the best
value — simply relax and let your contractor do his job.
Do, however, monitor the progress of your project to be certain
your contractor lives up to his superior reputation.
Hopefully, the information will simplify the task of choosing
a professional roofing contractor. Click
here to locate a Peak Performance Contractor in your area .