Following recent hailstorms in Colorado, the Denver-based Colorado Roofing Association (CRA) compiled a list of guidelines to assist commercial and residential property owners in the selection of reputable, licensed contractors for roof systems and repairs. Among the list of guidelines are the following:
- Look for a company with a proven track record. And, look for a company that conducts business in a professional manner. Avoid hiring a fly-by-night roofer by making sure the contractors have permanent business addresses, phone numbers, and a tax ID number.
- Ask for a list of customer references from the contractor and call some of them to find out if they were satisfied with the job. You may want to visit some completed jobs.
- Make sure the contractor offers a warranty for both materials and workmanship, and make sure it is in writing.
- Be wary of contractors with very low bids. They may have to cut corners to make a profit. Remember, price is only one of the criteria for selecting a contractor.
The CRA also warns against the dangers of hiring unlicensed roofers or contractors unfamiliar with the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation, as incorrect installation may void the warranty. To read the complete guidelines, visit (www.coloradoroofing.org/info.html).