The decision to reroof is not one to be taken lightly. The job itself usually costs several thousand dollars, and comes with a high degree of risk. After all, your roof is your home’s sole protection from the elements, and should you go to sell your house, it’s often the first thing potential buyers see. So just how do you avoid pitfalls when reroofing. Here are three tips:
Make sure you roofing contractor is licensed in the states where you reside. While roofers come and go and some chase storms from state to state, a roofing contractor who is not licensed in the state where you live is a major risk to you. For one thing, contractors who are not licensed in the state where they work are operating illegally. They probably also do not know the state and local building codes (this is part of the licensure requirement). Lastly, an unlicensed contractors’ work may not be covered by your insurance policy. As most policies require that work done to your home be performed by a licensed professional, if you choose someone who is not licensed you might void your insurance policy.
Make sure your roofing contractor knows your state and local building codes. As mentioned above adhering to your state and local building codes is a requirement of your insurance company, but it is also a requirement for any structure that requires a building permit. Often, homeowners only find out that work done to their home doesn’t follow code when they go to sell their house. The result? They are left with possibly several thousand dollars’ worth of work required just to sell their house.
Check your roofing contractors Better Business Bureau rating. A BBS rating is one of the best ways to find out if a roofing contractor is really legitimate. The rating will also tell you if any complaints or lawsuits have been filed, and what the outcome of these were. You can also check other customers’ reviews of the services they received, see how many years the contractor has been in business, and get an overall impression of whether or not this roofing contractor is someone you should be doing business with.
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