Hail season is fast approaching here in Colorado so it’s a good time to brush up on what to look for in a legitimate roofing contractor so you don’t have to do it in a panic if your home sustains significant damage. Read on to learn how to choose a reputable roofing contractor.
LICENSING AND INSURANCE
This is an important one. Some states don’t require a license at all while Colorado can vary by city or county. You will want to be review your city or county licensing requirements before hiring a contractor and make sure they meet those requirements. In Colorado Springs, roofing contractors are required to have a D-1 roofing contractor license. You can verify if a contractor is licensed in this area by going to the Pikes Peak Regional Building District website at https://www.pprbd.org/Search/Contractor#SearchJump and look up the company name. If they’re not on the list you’re best looking for another contractor. In addition to a license, the contractor you choose should be insured and if your area requires it (not all do) be bonded.
Make sure they are actually doing business in the state of Colorado. When big storms hit our area contractors will come from all over to try and make some money and many times offering you a great deal. Be wary of this. What happens if you have an issue with your roof and they are no longer in the state? This has been a problem many times. Additionally, you don’t want them to take part of the money and run.
In this day and age with all the technology at our fingertips it’s easy to find those that have a great reputation with customers. Sure, some customers may have been unhappy with something but as long as that isn’t the norm for a company’s reviews you should be good.
A new roof is an expensive ordeal and we all want a deal right? Of course we do! And it’s ok if you find a contractor that is offering a deal or incentive or that just has a great base price but be careful. The cheapest contractor isn’t always a bad one by any means but you want to be cautious. Price should not be your only factor.
If you have met with a couple of contractors and they check all the boxes mentioned above and one is cheaper then you’re likely safe to choose them but if they’re the cheapest and you can’t find information on their licensing with your local city or county then it’s better to look elsewhere.
In addition to everything mentioned above, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Do they offer a warranty, what happens if something unexpected occurs (for example, they remove your roof and discover the decking has an issue) during the replacement, make sure there’s a contract and read it. All of this will help protect you from being taken advantage of by shady contractors.
Of course Allegiance Roofing is licensed and insured in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas so if you’re considering a roof replacement or are impacted by a future hail storm we’d love to take a look and help you through the process. Please contact Allegiance Roofing for a FREE inspection today. You can also reach us by calling 719-470-3939, visiting us on Facebook or Instagram or by email at email@example.com. We look forward to serving you.