There are many questions you will want to answer before settling with the right roofing contractor.
Different questions arise at each stage of the process. Below is an outline of some areas you should pay close attention to during your search.
Early Stages of Searching
- Google the Company: Type the company’s name into Google or your favorite search engine. You will want to make sure the company has a legitimate looking website and be on the lookout for any reviews or recent news about the company.
- Review Websites: Look for the company on popular review websites. These sites include Yelp and Angie’s List to name a few.
- BBB = A Must: Make sure the roofing company is a member of the BBB. Take the time to review their BBB grade as well as the number of complaints that have been logged against them in the past few years. While you are on the BBB site, it wouldn’t hurt to look at how long they have been in business as well.
Once you have chosen one or two companies based on your preliminary research, it is time to contact them. Give the roofing company a quick call and sign up for a free estimate. Once you listen to what each company has to offer, be sure to ask a few questions before handing over your hard earned cash…
Before Signing with a Roofing Contractor in Rhode Island
- Roofing Materials: Can the company your talking to utilize many different types of roofing materials? There are many types of shingles on the market and you want to be sure to have access to all of the choices at your disposal. Some options include: green roofs, flat roofs, rubber roofs, and many more.
- Proof of License and Insurance: Ask to see proof of their insurance and contractors license before signing on.
- Ask for Referrals: It never hurts to ask for one or two referrals before signing on the dotted line with your roofing contractor. Rhode Island is a small state; chances are you will know a few people on the list.
- 30% Down—It is a standard practice to put some money down. This number should not exceed 30% with the balance being due upon full completion of the work.
- Physical Contract—Let’s face it, it would be nice if we could take someone’s word, but in this day and age you can’t. The time of handshake contracts are over and you shouldn’t let anyone convince you otherwise. Demand a physical contract before any money changes hands. This will protect both you and the contractor if anything goes wrong during the project.
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