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10 Factors to Hiring the Right Roofing Contractor

19 Jun 2014 | Under Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Replacing your roof can be a daunting chore. Whether it’s your personal home or business, hiring a roofing contractor comes with its fair share of uncertainties: who can you trust?

When it comes to hiring the right roofing contractor, keep these 10 factors in mind…

01. Never use a door-to-door roofing contractor. If they’re knocking on your door, it means there’s a good reason they’re not on someone else’s house. Go with a personal referral from someone you trust… like R&A Contracting.

02. Check liability insurance, property coverage, and business ratings from agencies such as Verified Service Reports, Angie’s List, or the Better Business Bureau. If you think a damaged roof is bad, you don’t want an uninsured roofing contractor falling off your roof.

03. Ask for local references and contact information if you’re not familiar with the contractor. Ask specific questions and look for detailed examples of their work.

04. Ask about permit requirements. Some unethical contractors skip pulling the required permits and homeowners can be pursued for negligent construction practices as a secondary result. Check with local authorities if you’re not sure what permits might be required.

05. Obtain multiple bids from locally recognized roofing contractors, such as R&A Contracting. Compare bids and pay attention to details.

06. Never contract a roofing company who offers to pay your insurance deductible in exchange for your business. Missouri Senate Bill 101 and Missouri Senate Bill 610 prohibit any roofing contractor from offering such exchanges and labels it as insurance fraud. Beware!

07. Get everything in writing, even if it seems insignificant. The peace of mind in an easy-to-understand written signed contract is worth the time and effort. Any objection from a contractor is a good sign they might not be a reputable roofing contractor.

08. Be prepared to pay a little up front, but never pay the full amount to start. Unscrupulous contractors ask for large payments up front for a variety of excuses, “Need to buy all the materials,” “Need to order,” “Secure our services,” etc. A good roofing contractor, like R&A Contracting, has the construction funds in escrow to efficiently cover most, if not all construction costs before completion. A small down payment may be required, but it should be fairly insignificant in amount.

09. Don’t pay the final bill until all work is to your satisfaction. It’s up to you as the owner to ask questions and pay attention to progress.

10. Call R&A Contracting to schedule your complimentary roof inspection today!

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO