|How Do I Choose a Roofer?
Illinois Roofing Corporation wants you to be confident in your choice to hire us as your roofing contractor and we encourage you to compare our qualifications with those of other companies. We feel that after you have done the research, you will choose us for your roofing needs.
What to look for when trying to find a roofer:
The roofing industry is full of horror stories about bad roofers.
- Roofers that collect a deposit and never show up to do the work
- Roof overloading and roof collapse
- A building being burnt to the ground
- Roofers that will offer you a slick deal
Even though you may not be an expert, the asking a few right questions can save you a lot of headaches and embarrassment. You may be surprised by the answers. Stick with the standards you set and you will go a long way toward assuring that you will get a quality installation with a roofing company you can trust.
1) Ask for the roofer's certificate of insurance BEFORE you solicit a quotation.
Quality roofers will carry a minimum of $5,000,000 in liability insurance. Less insurance will often indicate loss problems within a firm. Whereas accidents happen, a strong safety program, drug testing and commitment to hire only quality personnel will have a positive effect on the firm's accident loss history. Less insurance may also indicate a firm's lack of commitment and, of course, leaves you with significant exposure.
2) Ask to see the roofer's OSHA log. A firm's safety record is an indicator as to how well run the firm is.
3) Look at the roofer's commitment to the industry.
..........- A member of the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association)
..........- A member of the Better Business Bureau
4) Look for awards received for quality of workmanship.
No roofer is going to tell you that they do poor quality work. Any firm that has any track record should be able to share the type of recognition for quality that they have received over the years.
5) When you are finally meeting with the roofer see how comfortable you are with the individual.
Does the roofer directly answer questions? Are you comfortable with his command of the subject matter? Does he seem genuinely interested is your project? Is he giving you viable options and does he seem interested in what is in your best interest.
6) Look at how long the firm has been in business.
Also find out how many roofs of the type you are interested in has the applicator installed - not just how long has he been doing it.
7) Check out his proposal. Is it well done and thorough?
A decent proposal is an indicator of a quality firm.
8) Make contact with the companies references.
You can find out a lot about a firm by doing so.