Before you hire a roofing contractor:...........Ask to see a Florida issued roofing license. This is called a Business Tax Receipt. Ask to see a current copy of a certificate of liability insurance and Worker’s compensation insurance. If he is comp. exempt ask for proof. Ask for current and past business and personal references. Get a written estimate from other licensed roofing contractors, those who have been referred to you. Compare the quality of the service and materials each contractor provides and be sure the contract is simple to understand. If you have any questions, ask the contractor to explain it thoroughly to you. Remember that low price is not necessarily a standard for decision making and that cheap and quality do not necessarily mix. Estimates should include the work he’ll do, the materials he will use, a start and completion date, and total cost. Be aware that weather can determine start and completion dates. Be aware of add ons at the end of a job, like dump, permitting, flashing, wood, skylights and labor costs. Unseen rotted or deteriorated wood may add additional costs to the end of the job,
and be sure this is spelled out in the contract. Tell your contractor that you want to see the wood he replaced. He’ll be happy to set it aside for you. Be sure that the job is not sub-contracted by unlicensed and uninsured workers. You accept all legal responsibility for injury and damages to your property when you do and you could pay twice. Permits are the responsibility of the contractor, and there is no need for you to get a permit yourself. Be sure the roof is inspected by the Building Department since two inspections are required, a deck and a final. This complies with the Building Code. A permit should be in the contractors hand before he begins your roof. DO NOT give the contractor a down payment or cash before the work starts. Make your check payable to a company name not to an individual’s name. Discuss the terms of the contract and include materials, color and labor warranties before you sign it. Remember that your first impression of a contractor and his presentation is very important. Choose your contractor wisely. Protect yourself. Your contractor is a professional and a business owner so do your homework before you hire a Roofing Contractor.