Never Choose the First Contactor Who Comes Knocking, Always Do Your Research!
These Eight Tips Will Help You Protect Yourself, Your Home, and Your Wallet
Find a Trustworthy, Honest, and Professional Contractor
After a storm, it's important to perform any necessary roofing repairs quickly to help protect your home from further damage. But that doesn't mean you should choose the first contractor who knocks on your door. Finding one who is trustworthy, honest, and professional will make all the difference in protecting your roof investment. Check out these eight tips to help protect yourself, your home, and your wallet.
- Get local referrals. There is less chance of disappointments when you choose a contractor from your community who is likely to be familiar with local rules and codes, and has a relationship with area crews and suppliers.
- Look for manufacturer designations. The contractor must pass certain minimum requirements to be factory-certified. GAF only allows 2% of roofing contractors to be recognized as Master Elite® Contractors.
- Research Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings. GAF Master Elite® Contractors are required to maintain satisfactory ratings with the BBB in order to retain their certification.
- Get an extensive warranty. Not all contractors can offer manufacturer warranties that include coverage of the contractor’s workmanship. Without a workmanship warranty, you might be on the hook for mistakes that show up years later. A Master Elite® Contractor can offer one of the longest workmanship warranties on the market - the Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty.
- Check for proper licensing and insurance. The contractor should have insurance for all employees and subcontractors and be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate for validation. GAF Master Elite® Contractors must hold appropriate levels of Workers Compensation, at least $1 million worth of General Liability coverage, and have proper state and city licensing where they are performing the work.
- Pay your deductible. Any contractor who claims they can handle the repair without having the homeowner pay their insurance deductible could be committing insurance fraud and endangering the homeowner. Also, a contractor who says they are “a claim specialist” or can “handle your insurance claim” may be breaking the law.
- Resist pressure. Watch out for a contractor who pressures you to sign a contract before the insurance company has estimated the damage.
- Ask about material choices. The style and color for the shingle you install can affect the resale value of your home. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof, consider upgrading to a style that better suits your taste. GAF contractors can offer extensive design and color choices for your home. Go to gaf.com and check out the choices now so you're ready. Knowledge is power.