If your roof is not installed properly, you can end up paying way more in resulting damage than the roof installation itself. Improper installation will likely lead to leaks. Water from a roof leak can do significant damage to your home’s interior, as well as the overall structural integrity of your home. For reasons such as this, it is important to properly vet the contractor working on your roof.
A contractor may present a thousand plausible reasons for why he or she needs payment upfront. However, good contractors do not ask customers to assume all the risk by paying in full, upfront. Instead, work with a contractor who provides a good estimate and knows how to work with your insurance company or lender. Note that asking for money upfront and then disappearing is a common form of fraud.
General Liability Insurance Certificate
Speaking of insurance, your contractor should have a certificate showing proof of liability coverage. Some contractors may try to convince you they do not need insurance because they are “self-insured.” This is sometimes legal, but it puts you at risk. Should something go wrong, the company becomes personally liable and may try to get out of paying you.
Good Reviews and References
Few contractors are going to start the working relationship by telling you what customers disliked about their services. Do the research yourself by checking the reviews online. Googling the business is an easy starting point. You should also ask for a list of references. A contractor that is confident that they are providing good quality work will be more than happy to provide this list.