Things That You Wouldn’t Hear From Good Roofing Contractors

A consultation with a roofing contractor is an opportunity to learn more about them, which will ultimately help you decide on which one to hire. Pay attention not just in the good things, but also in the bad. In today’s post, The Great American Roofing Company shares some of the things that you wouldn’t hear from a good roofing contractor.

Good Roofing Contractors

“I’m Not Familiar With That Type of Roof”

While specialization is a good thing in the building industry, you may be wasting your time interviewing a roofer who is not familiar with the roof that you want. Roofs are complex systems: they require more than just a passing familiarity. A roofer who admits their shortcomings is actually a good thing. However, a roofer who accepts projects despite the same shortcomings can spell trouble for you and your home.

“Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced Right Now”

Be wary of contractors who seem too eager to get you to sign a contract — it’s usually a sign of a roofer who prioritizes sales over service. The same goes for roofers who jump to recommending roof replacement without even considering repairs. Ideally, a prospective roofer should inspect your roof thoroughly before presenting solutions. When you receive an estimate, you should be given a reasonable amount of time to review, revise and correct it before signing it. Another red flag that you should watch out for is when the contractor offers “limited time” discounts — it’s designed to rush prospective customers into signing contracts.

“I Can’t Provide Proof of Insurance”

A roofing contractor should be insured against accidental damage to property or worksite injuries. This is why, in addition to a valid contractor’s license (or proof of registration, for New Jersey contractors), you should ask for proof of their insurance coverage. If a prospective contractor seems to be making excuses or flat out declines to provide a proof or certificate, it would be best to move on to the next one on your list. Should they be able to provide one, make sure that it clearly indicates coverage for both general liability and workers’ compensation.

“We Need the Full Payment Upfront”

Legitimate contractors never ask for the full payment at the beginning of the project — there’s a greater chance of the contractor not finishing the project or running with the money altogether. Reputable contractors will have outlined a payment plan in the estimate, and it’s usually in installments. The first payment, about 30% of the contract price, is usually due upon signing the contract. The rest is divided in installments, due on milestones like material delivery. The final payment is usually collected shortly after the project is completed.

Our consultants at The Great American Roofing Company are ready to answer your questions and make sure you get the roof that you’ve always wanted. Give us a call at (201) 825-2955, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.