Selecting a roofing company is much more than thumbing through a phone directory or an Internet search. As discussed in a previous article, although roof installation guarantees and warranties are important to have it is also necessary for you to take the time to learn what these guarantees cover and understand what is not covered. Additionally, it can be very costly if you are unaware of what can go wrong during roof installations and repairs. Remember, the more informed you are about all aspects of any contract work being done strengthens your ability to protect yourself against fraud and unsatisfactory workmanship and materials.
Selecting a Roofing Company Contractor
The number one action you need to do in selecting a roofing company is to check out a potential contractor’s validity and credibility before hiring them, regardless of their public reputation or any advertizing claims. Just because a contractor is well known does not mean a satisfactory job will necessarily be performed. First of all when selecting a roofing company, always check out a contractor’s license to ensure it is active with the local governing body, usually a state mandated certification (in Oregon look for their CCB#). Checking with the control organization to see if there are complaints would be a wise move. These governing agencies will often, upon request, provide you with a list of reputable contractors to aid you in selecting a roofing company.
Qualifying the Contractor
Another thing to check out when selecting a roofing company is if the contractor is properly insured and bonded. Although usually a requirement of the controlling certification authority, don’t assume that this is always the case. Also recommended in selecting a roofing company is asking the contractor how long they have been in this type of business and always requesting referrals of recent work done in the area that is of a similar nature to what you are considering; and then contact the referrals and see what they have to say about the contractor’s workmanship, promptness, time it took to do the job, etc. And never, ever pay in cash for a job, especially if the contractor offers a discount for doing so. Always require an invoice detailing the work and materials to be used as well as a receipt to ensure your payment to the contractor is properly credited to the work done for you (in other words, create an audit trail of your payment). The bottom line here is when selecting a roofing company always conduct a thorough due diligence of the contractor before any work is begun so that there are no unexpected surprises.
A majority of improper roof installation and repairs occur by unlicensed “contractors”. In selecting a roofing company, remember that anyone can claim to be a contractor so it is always best to thoroughly check the owner and company out. JS Roofing Portland is a licensed, insured and bonded company that will perform in a professional and trustworthy manner. Their motto “When Quality Matters” says it like it is.
For more information contact JS Roofing Portland • 620 SW 5th Avenue, Portland Oregon 97204 • 503-841-9377 • http://jsroofingportland.com/