Property owners have a lot of tasks, and one of those is hiring out contractors for their properties. You’ve probably spoke with your share of electricians, plumbers, carpet cleaners, lawn maintenance, and roofers—which is what we’ll be focusing on today.
Contractors are used to fulfill very important services, so it’s also important you understand how to look for the highest quality contractors you can find. So when looking for a roofer, you want someone who is awesome at his job and will finish the work on time and with your best interests in mind. This can be hard, since roofers can start at entry-level without graduating high school, and they typically get trained on-the-job.
The good news is that roofing companies can help because they will have a team of roofers, so you won’t have to search for an individual roofer on your own. And since roofing happens outside and actually on your property, you can thankfully watch the work as it’s happening.
Here are some of the most crucial tips for hiring a roofer for your property.
Obviously, your property’s roof is really important. When it rains, snows, or you experience days with harsh sun and heat, you need a well-maintained and set up roof. Likewise, a roof that is set up poorly can lead to lots of problems and ultimately more expenses for you. Not only that, it’s a safety hazard for those living there.
Bottom line: make sure your roofers are experienced! Not only do poorly trained roofers increase the risk of danger for those in the home, they also put themselves in danger. And as the property owner, accidents that happen there can be your responsibility or fall on your property manager.
Only Use Insured Contractors
All roofers are legally required to have some type of insurance. Find out what that is before you hire anyone, and make sure you understand their insurance policies. Ask to see a copy of their insurance documents. Then, see if they offer any other service guarantees or warranties you can use. If you come across a roofer without insurance, run the other way.
Don’t be afraid to take your time with this process and shop around. Find the roofing contractor who best fits your needs, and get to know them well. Ideally, you’ll have your go-to roofer you can trust and call on for any needs.
And most importantly: take care of these steps BEFORE you actually need roofing work. Because when the time comes that you do, you likely won’t have as much time to spend finding the perfect roofer—especially if the damage done is significant or life-threatening.