When it’s time to choose a Tucson Roofing Contractor, whether you are repairing or replacing a roof, be sure to ask the right questions. A reputable roofing contractor will not be offended by you asking some of the following questions.
- Does the contractor have insurance? Worker compensation and liability insurance are 2 essentials to ask. Without them, the owner may be responsible for medical bills and other costs should a worker get injured while working on their roof. You might even ask to see a copy of the insurance certificate.
- Is the contractor licensed in your state/city/county? Licensed contractors are held to higher standards and understand the city/county/state codes and laws. Arizona requires that roofing contractors be licensed with the state Registrar of Contractors (ROC). There are different classifications for commercial and residential roofing. When interviewing a roofing contractor ask for the ROC license or their safety at heights ticket. FYI – a business license is NOT the same thing as a contractor’s license. A business license is only for tax purposes and has nothing to do with the proficiency of the contractor.
- What are the company’s full name and address? Using the registered company name, you can check the Better Business Bureau and other places to see what their reputation is. If they don’t have a physical address, it might be cause for concern.
- Does the contractor use roofing subcontractors? If so, you will want to ask the same questions of the subcontractors as above.
- Ask for references – Local references are great but often contractors are hesitant to give our information from previous clients, to avoid invading their privacy. Online references can be helpful, but you need to use them carefully. Positive online reviews are difficult to get since happy homeowners forget or fail to take time to write reviews. But unhappy customers are quick to write negative reviews for the least things. Read each review with an objective eye, looking for irrational comments by the reviewer and responses by the contractor.
- Is there any warranty on roofing work? Manufacturers usually offer a product warranty but what does the roofing company warranty on their workmanship? You might also want to know where they’re getting there materials from, are they from trusted companies like, https://tradefixdirect.com/building-roofing?
Being informed and treating the roofing estimate as an interview will potentially save you thousands of dollars from roofing contractors that are more interested in getting your money than building a strong reputation in the area.
Crest Contracting, Roofing Division, is a licensed, bonded and insured roofing contractor for both residential and commercial roofs in Tucson and southern Arizona.