Buying a new roof system is an important investment. A properly installed roof system can last up to 30,
40 or 50 years. It is important to hire the right professional contractor to get the job done properly the first time. Absolut
Roofing recommends that you prequalify all roofing contractors before you hire them. The following guidelines will help you
select a professional:
• Is the contractor properly licensed or bonded?
You can check with the State
License Board by calling 1-800-321-2752 or visit www.cslb.ca.gov
• Does the contract have proof of insurance?
In fact, insist on seeing copies
of his liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Make sure the coverages are current and in effect
through the duration of the job. If a contractor is not properly insured, you may be liable for accidents that occur on your
property. Many building and home owners have been dragged into litigation involving uninsured roofing contractors.
• Does the contractor have a list of client references and completed projects?
We recommend that you call these
clients to find out whether they were satisfied.
• Will the contractor provide a written proposal?
proposal should have detailed descriptions and specifications of the work and payment procedures.
• Does the
contractor require a deposit?
By law, a roofing contractor may not require a home-owner to pay more than a 10% deposit.
• Is the contractor a licensed and approved applicator of the roofing material?
Most roof systems require
special application expertise to achieve lasting quality. Ask for a list of their qualified manufacturers.
Will the contractor provide a complete material lien
Once you have paid the contractor in full, a material lien release will protect you and your home from further
financial obligations to other parties involved including his workers and material suppliers.
Does the contractor
offer any roofing warranties?
Carefully read and understand any roofing warranties offered and watch for provisions that
would void it.
Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably
is. Many fly-by-night contractors below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured, perform
substandard work and might not be in business to honor your warrantee down the road. Remember, price is only one of the criteria
for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism, experience and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily in your
WHEN SELECTING A NEW ROOF:
Selecting the right roof for your home or business involves educating yourself
about roofing products, choosing a good contractor, and learning important questions to ask. Costs will vary depending on
material, labor costs, job location and complexity of roof design.
When selecting a new roof, consider three things:
The roofing materials' resistance to the elements - weathering, hail impact, wind or fire.
The written details
of the manufacturer's warranty of various roofing products.
The selection of the right contractor with impeccable