With Colorado’s peak weather catastrophe season right around the corner, it is important to know what to look for when selecting the right roofing contractor. After a storm hits, it can be tempting to have your roof repaired immediately by the first contractor who knocks on your door. While some of these door knocking contractors may be legitimate, many of them are unlicensed, uninsured and ill-equipped to handle your roofing project. It is important for homeowners to take the time to properly vet roofing contractor candidates before signing anything.
Homeowners should consider these ten important tips when selecting the right roofing contractor:
- Confirm that the roofing company is registered with the Colorado Secretary of State. This can be done by performing a business search on the Secretary of State website. The business record should show that the company is in good standing and up to date with all of their business filings.
- Ask the roofing contractor to provide evidence of General Liability and Worker’s Compensation insurance coverage. Contact the insurer listed on the certificate and confirm that the coverage is active and that the contractor is endorsed for roofing.
- Request references and check them!
- Beware of overly aggressive sales people! Legitimate roofing companies should never push you to sign a contract on the spot.
- Ask the roofing company to provide a copy of their contractor’s license that applies to work in your jurisdiction. Call your county building department to confirm that the license is active.
- Look for manufacturer designations. Contractors who have received an authorized installer designation have had to meet certain requirements to show that they can install products safely and correctly. A roofing contractor who is factory certified should be able to show a copy of the certificate awarded to them by the manufacturer.
- Find out what type of warranties, if any, that the roofing contractor will provide.
- Ensure that your contract meets the requirements outlined in Colorado Senate Bill 38. This bill requires that contracts specify the scope of work and materials to be provided, total project cost based on known damages, the contractor’s policy regarding the cancellation of the contract, and much more. For a full list of SB-38 contract requirements, please review the Colorado Roofing Association’s SB38 Fact Sheet.
- Pay your deductible. By law, a contractor cannot pay, waive or rebate a homeowner’s insurance deductible in part or in whole. Any contractor who claims they can do this is committing insurance fraud and endangering the homeowner.
- Don’t pay any money up front. Most reputable roofing contractors will not require payment until your project is complete. There are some companies that may ask you to pay for the roofing materials before the start of your project. Be wary of those who are not financially equipped to purchase what is needed to complete your scope of work.
Curious about how Academy Roofing ranks on the abovementioned qualifiers? Our company has been registered with the Colorado Secretary of State since 1981 and is in good standing. Our Secretary of State business summary can be viewed here. Our certificate of insurance and manufacturer designation certificates can be viewed on the credentials page of our website. We have a long list of customer references that can be provided upon request. We can also provide a list of viewing addresses if you would like to see our work in person. Academy Roofing holds contractor licenses in over 60 jurisdictions, and we are happy to provide our customers with copies of our licenses. Regardless of which company you select for your roofing services, make sure to take your time and do your homework. If you have questions about selecting a roofing contractor or would like to request a free estimate, please give us a call at (303) 360-0708.