5 Things Every Fairfax VA Homeowner Should Know About Hiring Roofing Company
If your roof needs some repair or a replacement, the contractor or roofing company that you hire can have a big impact on how the final job comes out. After all, your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, so you don’t want to trust it to just anyone. Learn the top five things every Fairfax, VA homeowner should know about hiring a roofing company so you can make the best decision possible for your home.
Verifying Their License
It’s important to know that your contractor is licensed. This means that your contractor can be held accountable in the case of problems, and that your contractor or roofing company is unlikely to do a poor job, mislead you about warranties, or leave you with a lien on your home due to unpaid subcontractors or suppliers. The state of Virginia handles all licensing, and it’s easy to verify if your roofing company is licensed by calling 804-367-8500, TTY 711.
Checking Their Background
You need to do a little legwork when hiring any contractor or roofing company to verify that they are who they say they are, and that they have the necessary qualifications to do the work. This means that you should always:
- Get at least three references from each roofer to check the status of past work.
- Get at least three bids from different roofers to compare cost and scope of proposed work.
- Look them up on the Better Business Bureau to check for potential past customer complaints and the way that the company has handled mistakes or complaints in the past. While anyone can have a complaint, it’s the way that the company deals with it that should be paid attention to.
Pulling a Permit
While you can certainly pull a permit yourself, your roofing company should be willing and able to do this for you. Because the state regulates licenses, having your contractor’s name on the permit allows Fairfax, VA to check on this for you. If your contractor is reluctant to pull the permit for you, or doesn’t want his name listed, this can be a sign of an unlicensed contractor who you may want to avoid.
Remember that you shouldn’t sign anything until you’ve inspected it from beginning to end. You should get a written contract that includes everything from the estimate and scope of work to the proposed start and end dates. Don’t sign anything that has blank spaces in it, even if the contractor tells you that this is the form or standard, because it leaves him room to change or add details later.
Don’t feel pressured to sign anything you aren’t comfortable with. High pressure sales tactics are often a sign of someone unlicensed or not qualified to do the job who hopes to get your business anyway. If something has been discussed, make sure the contract spells it out entirely
You should also keep a copy of the contract, along with any change orders or other written materials from the contractor. You may need these to refer to at a later time.
Insist on Written Warranties
Not all warranties are created equally. Your contractor may offer you a warranty on his labor, or he may offer you a manufacturer’s warranty – the highest warranty you can get – that is only good if the roofing company is certified with the manufacturer to provide it.
Insist on getting all offered warranties in writing, and ask for any documentation on manufacturer’s warranties if this is something that is offered by the contractor.
About Northern Virginia Roofing
Northern Virginia Roofing has been doing business in the Fairfax, VA area for more than 50 years. We’re fully licensed, insured, and bonded and run background checks on every contractor we hire. We’ve even written a book – How to Hire a GREAT Contractor: Step by Step Guide – which we’ll give you for free. So give us a call for a free estimate when you need work done on your roof and let us help you keep your roof in great condition.
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