Steps to Selecting a OKC Roofer
For most homeowners, a new roof is one of the most expensive purchases associated with home ownership. And choosing the right roofing company is one of the most critical decisions a homeowner will make. However, with a little planning and research, finding a reliable contractor will be a cinch.
Once you have digested the fact that you need a new roof, check with your friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers. Check Yelp and Google for reviews. Make a call to your agent or the claims adjuster who inspected performed the inspection. After gathering your initial list, check with the local Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Home Builders Association. Your list may be dwindling at this point, but that’s a good thing. Most professionals suggest obtaining three estimates. The three companies you choose for your estimates should be able to answer the following questions:
1. Do you have insurance? Contractors should have workers’ compensation and liability that protects the homeowner in the event of an accident. Liability will protect the homeowner from damage caused by the roofers while workers’ compensation protects the homeowner if company employee gets injured on the job.
2. Do you use subcontractors and are they licensed? If the answer is yes, obtain proof from all subcontractors involved.
3. Do you have a contractor license? Requirements vary by state. Most state government websites have a searchable contractor list that shows the current status of the licensee.
4. Do you offer a warranty? And if so, for how long? The answer to this question should be that the roofer covers the workmanship and the manufacturer covers the materials. In most cases, a reputable roofer will automatically provide you with their warranty. You may have to ask for the manufacturer’s written warranty.
Try not to be turned off by a company that charges for an estimate. A roof often requires detailed design work, not to mention the physical inspection and taking of measurements. There may be multiple phone calls after the inspection to discuss revisions. Many companies will subtract the cost of the estimate from the total price if you sign a contract with them. Pay close attention during the estimate phase. Did he show up on time? Did he get you the estimate when he said he would? If someone is not respecting your time, it could be an indication of poor work ethic. Also, it is never a bad idea to call a local building supplier for a ballpark figure of material costs. If you have made even a cursory cost analysis of materials, you will be able to determine the contractor’s markup and whether or not it is fair. Resist dealing with a company who asks you to pay for the entire job up front. A deposit of one-half or one-third is a standard deposit. For a large project, it may be necessary to create a draw schedule in which you pay a portion of the total cost when specific milestones are reached.
Experience and qualifications are of the utmost importance when picking a roofer. But another thing to consider is the personal traits that will make your roofer easy to work with throughout the process. An affable, easygoing personality is no small thing to look for when choosing the best company for the job.