Ask yourself, if my roofing company travels from state-to-state to follow storms, will they be around when I need a repair several years from now? Will they even be here next month if something goes wrong?
Watch out for roofing contractors with fancy vans and no local office!
Here are a few tips for making sure that you get the best local company for your Denver area roof repair or replacement.
- Check to see if they have a local office. If they are working out of a few vans, beware!
- Always ask the contractor for a copy of their license, and make sure that they have a permit to do the work before it begins.
- Search for reviews and referrals from Denver area customers. If all of their reviews are from out of state, that may be a red flag. You might even take this a step further, and ask for vendor references.
- Don’t work with a roofing contractor who can’t provide proof of worker’s compensation and general liability insurance.
- Find out if the owners of the company live in the Denver, or Colorado Front Range area. If they do, there’s a better chance that they will be available if you need them later.
- It never hurts to see if they are listed with the local Better Business Bureau. If they’re not, you’re inviting extra risk.
- Search local online directories to see if the business has a listing, address, and local phone number
- Most roofing companies hire people with little or no experience to canvass neighborhoods after storms.
- Ask how the company’s damage assessors are trained and certified. Confirm that the contractor’s permit is valid and current with your city or county building department.
- Out-of-town roofing companies are often the first to canvass neighborhoods hit by storms.
- Don’t pay for work in advance. If you’re asked, tell the company to take a hike.
However, roofing contractors or other construction professionals installing or repairing a roof MUST be licensed and/or have a roofing permit with the local city or county where the work is to be performed.
Don’t sign anything until you are 100% confident that you are making the right choice. In Colorado, contracts must have a price, not just a statement that “your roof will be replaced for whatever the insurance company pays.” Anything that you sign is a binding contract, no matter what you are told.