Selecting the Right Contractor
The following guidelines will help you to choose a qualified, experienced roofer:
Check for a permanent physical location, tax I.D. number, and business license.
State of Washington Contractor's Number:
Repeatedly changing their contractor number or multiple business closures and reopenings could be cause for concern. You can check this by calling the State of Washington Corporate Division.
Licensed & Bonded:
Check to see if the company is properly licensed or bonded.
Ask to see proof of contractor's liability insurance coverage, making sure the coverage is up to date.
Look for a company with a proven track record that offers client references. Talk to the customers to find out whether they were satisfied.
Better Business Bureau:
Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau? Generally, if they don't want to be accountable or tracked, they won't join. Contact the Better Business Bureau to check for a business report on the company.
Don't give them any money until the job is totally completed. Some contractors have been reported for taking a percent of the money down for a partial job, and then never returning to finish. There is an exception when purchasing a new roof. Sometimes a percent is required when purchasing material.
Price, Professionalism, Quality, and Integrity:
Price is only one criterion when selecting a contractor. If it sounds too good to be true, it just may be. Professionalism, quality, and integrity should be the utmost when making this important decision.