Whenever a major hail storm comes through Kansas City you can bet within just a few days it will also bring a swarm of hungry roofers that are looking to make some easy money.
We have all heard the horror stories of shady and unethical roofing companies; poor workmanship, always behind schedule, skipping town and leaving you with a junky roof, as well as all sorts of other complaints.
Any time you hire a contractor to work on your home it’s important to do some research and ask a few key questions to make sure you are working with a company you can trust. The following is a short list of questions that will help you weed out any unreliable or dishonest contractors.
- How long have you been in business under your current name? This might seem like an obvious question, but pay attention to how it is worded. If you simply ask how long have you been in business they may tell you 20 years, but they neglect to mention that they have changed company names 8 times. I wonder why?
- Where is your office located? Many roofing contractors operate out of the back of their truck. While this lack of overhead expense may allow them to quote you a really low price. Do you really think you can count on them to be there for you if something goes wrong down the road?
- What kinds of insurance do you carry? Any responsible contractor will carry a minimum of $1,000,000 worth of general liability insurance as well as workman’s comp and insurance for all their vehicles. Don’t accept any excuse why they are not insured. If something goes wrong you will not be protected.
- Are you an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau? What is your rating? Being an accredited member of the BBB with a high rating is a good indicator of a reputable company. There is NO reason to work with a company that isn't listed, or has any rating less than an A when there plenty of good ones out there.
- Can you provide me with a comprehensive list of references? Most companies will provide 3 references for you… Their Mom, Dad, and Brother. It’s much harder to fake a long list of references with similar projects to yours.
When it comes to putting a new roof on your home your choice of a roofing contractor is an important one. Don’t be afraid to ask to see any of the above documentation. They should be ready and more than willing to produce it for you. If they hesitate that is a major red flag.
Don’t settle for lip service or fall for slick salesmanship, make sure everything they promise is in writing. Ask these questions and do a little homework and you can be sure that you are working with an honest roofing contractor that will be around to back up their word and the work.
If your home was hit by one of the recent hail storms and you would like a Local Roofer with an A+ Rating and 28 Years in business to give you a free roof inspection give us a call or fill out the form below.