Installing a metal roof is one of the best construction decisions you can ever make. It provides you with a wide array of benefits that you cannot get from any other type of roofing. The next crucial step is choosing the best contractor. This may be overwhelming especially when you are not sure of what to look for.
Here at Direct Metal Sales & Installation, we understand what makes a good roofing contractor. Our priority is to provide durable roofing materials and styles that suit your needs. Our skilled and experienced installers provide top-notch services and perform the job to your desired standards.
Below is a guide on how to pick the best among many metal roofing companies.
How to Choose the Best Roofing Contractor
Having an unqualified or inexperienced roofing contractor can be disastrous. You therefore, must be well informed about what to consider before signing a contract.
Legitimacy and licensing
Your roofing contractor must be licensed and have the pre-requisite permits to legally operate in your area. The company must be highly rated and have employees qualified for the job. You need to confirm their licensing status regardless of how skilled they appear to be or how much they are charging you. You can verify by calling your town or city hall and asking for the license number.
Sometimes, when you list your roofing contractor on your application for a building permit, their license is checked automatically. However, this is not reliable because some towns may either not verify or not require permits for some small jobs.
References and reputation
After you determine their legitimacy, each contractor that you are considering for hire should provide a minimum of three references. To determine the contractor’s competence and reliability, you need to call the references and ask these questions:
How satisfactory was the contractor’s work?
What was the contractor’s approach to emerging issues?
Did the contractor stick to the agreed schedule?
Was there hidden work or any hidden fees that arose later?
Would you hire the contractor again?
Contractors recommended by neighbors, friends, family or manufacturers of metal roofing materials are a better option. If you cannot get such references, you can check for reviews on their services and products on the internet as well as browsing through their websites and portfolios. References from their suppliers and banks will give you insight into the quality of roofing materials they use and their financial stability.
Certification by manufacturers
Roofing contractors are not required to have any certification from roofing material manufacturers. However, using a certified roofing contractor is an advantage to you. To be certified, the contractors must be specially trained by the manufacturers, which makes them better at installing the roofing material. With certification, the contractor can extend the manufacturer’s warranty on your roof. This offers protection against any installation errors or defects that may occur later.