Mistakes to avoid when hiring roofing contractors
When it comes to an area like Houston, Texas, which regularly faces hurricanes, you’re likely to find a wide selection of roofing contractors—a much-needed service. However, with so many companies available, you’re likely to come across one that can’t be trusted. Make sure you avoid these mistakes when hiring roofing contractors.
1. Don’t read the contract before signing it- The purpose of the contract is to ensure that both parties follow the set rules. The sponsor wants to be sure he gets paid when the job is done. Seems fair enough, right? Well, in the roofing business, not all contracts are created equal. While some roofing contractors just want a guaranteed payment, those with less integrity may try to really stick it to you with some outrageous stuff thrown into the contract. With this in mind, read the contract carefully before signing it. And whatever you do, keep your copy.
2. You don’t check the Better Business Bureau website- When you visit the Better Business Bureau website, in big, bold letters, you see “Start with Trust.” There is truth behind the slogan. Before you sign any contracts or give a group of roofing contractors the green light to begin work, make sure they are members of the BBB. If they are members, it means they are governed by a higher authority and can show proof of customer satisfaction. Read reviews and see if any customers have complained. If they are without complaints, you have probably found a reputable roofing contractor.
3. Failure to check references- Even if you’ve checked the BBB site, you should still ask for a list of references. Since you don’t want to leave any stone unturned when looking for roofing contractors, calling for referrals can result in a disgruntled customer who didn’t think to report their grievances on the BBB website. Previous clients have experience working with the company you’re entertaining and can open your eyes to what they’re doing wrong (if at all) and what they’re doing right.
4. Not asking for warranty- What happens after you have a new roof on your home, but you’re not happy with the job? Maybe your roof is still sagging, or maybe roofing contractors left debris strewn around your yard. Hopefully you asked about a warranty. Reliable roofing contractors will guarantee your satisfaction. A quick phone call will have them returning to your home to fix a job that isn’t up to your standards.
5. Don’t ask about the technique- Simply put, some roofing contractors do the job wrong. To rush the job, they might fire up their nail guns and race indiscriminately through the roof replacement. The problem with this is that nail guns must be carefully set up to be used on roof shingles. When attaching shingles, it is important not to drive the nail too deep. This will compromise the effectiveness of the shingle, causing leaks in your roof. Nail guns are so powerful that they often drive the nail too deep into the plywood decking. However, a hand hammer is preferable. So be sure to question your roofing technician. If you don’t, you may find that your roof has failed an inspection.
Asking the right questions and doing a little research will help you avoid the above mistakes. And avoiding these mistakes means finding roofing contractors you can trust for professional roof replacement.
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