What to look for in a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor

The Time Will Come When You Need a Roofing Contractor

There’s no getting around the fact that sooner or later you’ll need a roofing company for your Indianapolis home. You can lose a roof to high winds, hail, or other storm damage, and even if you’re lucky enough to avoid that sort of sudden mishap, weather and time destroy ever roof eventually. (The average roof needs to be replaced every 15 to 25 years.)

What to look for in a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

Your roof keeps your house livable and pleasant, protects the structure underneath and the possessions inside, and keeps your heating and cooling bills within bounds. So you’ll want a roofing contractor you can trust to do your roof replacement job properly, especially considering that roof replacement is a not inconsiderable expense.

Your common sense will tell you to look for a roofing company that provides affordable roofing and does good work. But everybody’s common sense tells them that, and yet the Wall Street Journal reports that “Over 1.1 million complaints and lawsuits were filed against contractors last year alone…up 62%.”

So perhaps embracing a couple common-sense principles isn’t enough. That being the case, we here at Stay Dry Roofing would like to offer some specific guidelines for choosing a roofing contractor.

What to look for in a roofing contractor in Indianapolis

Ten Things to Expect from a Roofing Contractor

  1. A reputable roofing contractor doesn’t ask for full payment up front. Generally speaking, the contractor shouldn’t ask for anymoney up front unless the job requires ordering special non-refundable materials or insurance isn’t covering the job and you have poor credit. Be especially careful of contractors who ask for money up front when the roof is made of standard wood, composition, or tile shingles. This is a common way for dishonest contractors to commit fraud.
  2. A reputable contractor uses only certified installers. Sometimes the roofing company itself has a certification, but that’s not true of every individual employee. Everybody working to install your new roof should have his or her own certification.
  3. There should be a Quality Inspection Checklist and Walk Through. There should be no difficulty about you reviewing the list yourself, and at the completion of the job but before payment, a Certified Inspector should inspect the work.
  4. Your roofing contractor should have a preprinted list of current references. This will include customers from the previous month as well as customers from 1-5 years ago. Additionally, when you ask, the roofing company should be able to supply a list of all customers from the past five years (or longer). The roofer should also be able to give you business references and the names of suppliers.
  5. A reputable roofer has a General Liability Insurance Certificate. The roofer should carry at least $500,000 ($1,000,000 is more standard) for both residential and commercial properties. Never go with a roofing contractor that claims to be “Self-Insured.” If there’s a problem, the contractor is personally liable, and you may well find that your chances of collecting the money for repairs in that situation are slim to nonexistent.
  6. A reputable roofer has a Bank Financial Stability & Character Letter. This signed document vouches for the roofing company’s solvency and integrity.
  7. A trustworthy roofing company has a Supplier Lien Waiver letter. Make sure you demand to see this before the job begins.
  8. A reputable roofing company has a Certification of Technical Competency. Your roofer needs the particular certification stating that the roofer has passed all the technical requirements to install the product that going on yourhouse as per all manufacturer installation guidelines.
  9. A trustworthy roofer has Trade Association Certificates of Standing. Honest, competent roofers typically belong to one or another trade association. Often it’s the National Roofing Contractor Association.
  10. A good roofing contractor should have an Art Certified Contractor Status Letter. Though there’s no actual national governing board for roofers, roofers should be able to show you a letter attesting to the fact that they meet certain standards. They should also be able to show you the list of what those standards are.

What to Look for in a Roofing Contractor: The Final Word

We hope this information has proved helpful, and that if you need a roofing contractor in the Indianapolis area, you’ll look to Stay Dry Roofing. We take pride in meeting all the standards listed above, and we’re eager to assist you.

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Finding the Best Roofing Company for Your Needs

Roof repair, especially roof replacement, is expensive. The right roofing company will do a professional job at a fair price, provide a roof that should protect a house and what’s inside it for many years to come, and fix any problems that appear while the warranty is in effect. The wrong roofing company may not do all these things or conceivably any of them, resulting in additional expense well before the homeowner had any reason to expect it.

Given the potential downside, sorting through the available roofing contractors to find the best roofing company for a particular job can seem like a scary proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. Following a few simple guidelines can help you make a sound choice.

Explore Your Options

Even if the first roofing company you talk to seems to be offering a good deal, don’t be in a hurry to sign a contract. It’s a better idea to talk to a number of roofing contractors for a couple different reasons.

You’ll see who best appears to understand your needs and seems like he or she will be easy to work with. This positive feeling is useful information even though it’s no substitute for the “due diligence” recommended below.

Talking to several roofing contractors also gives you a sense of the price range various roofing contractors would charge for your particular job.

Don’t fixate on price and price alone, though. You’ll have a natural tendency to steer clear of bids that seem excessively high, but a price that seems like too much of a bargain can be a red flag as well, suggesting a difference in the quality of what’s being offered that can end up costing you more in the long run.

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The Hallmarks of a High Quality Roofing Company

There are several things to check when evaluating a roofing company.

Reputable, professional roofing contractors are licensed and able to provide a minimum of three references attesting to the quality of their work.

They can also furnish proof of workmen’s compensation and liability insurance that will cover the roof repair job in question.

The agent of a professional roofing company will be happy to explain the particulars of a job, contract, and warranties to you and answer any questions you may have.

Finally, a reputable roofing company will never ask a homeowner to pay the entire cost of a roof replacement upfront. Any contract containing such a clause is unacceptable and an excellent reason to look elsewhere for someone to do the job.

It is, however, accepted practice for a roofing company to ask for a deposit and a payment schedule based on the work hitting successive benchmarks.

When making such a payment, don’t pay the roofing company in cash. Paying with a credit card makes it more likely that, if things go horribly wrong despite your precautions, it will be possible to get your money back without costly litigation.

Take Care of Your End

Vetting the roofing company is only part of the process. You could still find that the roof replacement process isn’t as trouble-free and generally satisfactory as you hoped it would be if you don’t attend to the aspects that are your responsibility.

Understand the Roofing Company’s Contract and Warranties

Review the contractor and warranties carefully and ask any questions you may have. As mentioned above, the representative of the roofing company should be happy to provide answers.

A proper roofing warranty guarantees all materials and workmanship for a minimum of five years. The roofing itself should be warrantied for 20 to 40 years.

Insurance and Permits

It’s possible that insurance is supposed to cover the cost of roof replacement. To make sure this happens as expected, verify that you’ve followed all the necessary claim procedures and obtained all the required approvals before work begins.

Similarly, make sure the necessary permits, if any, are obtained before the job starts. It’s common for the roofing company to take care of this for the homeowner, but if not, you’ll need to attend to it yourself.

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Keep all these guidelines in mind, and you should find your way to the roofing company that will provide you with the best experience both immediately and long-term.

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