nrca_logo_ohYou have found that you need to replace, repair, or install a roof on your home. What is your first step? Picking a contractor. The National Roofing Contractor Association (NRCA) suggests that customers should be diligent when researching and deciding on a contractor to work with and to find a professional registered through them. Remember: low price isn’t always the factor that should determine who you decide to work with. So, what can you do to ensure you are going to get quality service and a quality product? The NRCA gives us these valuable tips to keep in mind when looking for a roofer in your area to work with. You should look for:

A Permanent Place of Business

Make sure the business you are looking to work with is a well-established company. Some things to look for are a permanent address, telephone number, tax ID number, and a business license. You can also check through Google to see if the company comes up as a verified company.

Knowledge of Roofing Systems

Because technology is always changing, especially in the last ten years or so, the roofing company you work with should be up to date on the current information. They should be able to tell you how your roofing system will affect your energy costs as well as what types of roofing material your housing structure can accommodate. Whatever your contractor suggests, make sure you are comfortable with the decision making progress, and do not be afraid to make your opinion known.

Affiliation with an Organization

The NRCA is just one of many professional organizations that a roofing contractor can become a part of. There are also local, state, and regional organizations available. For instance, Nauman Roofing is a member of the NRCA as well as the Pocono Builders Association, the ECA Redevelopment Committee and the National Association of Home Builders.

An Insured, Licensed & Bonded Professional Committed to Safety

All roofing contractors should be able—and willing—to show you proof of insurance when asked. This should inform the customer of the contractor’s workers’ compensation and liability coverage policies. If someone is hurt on the job while working on your project, YOU may be liable for the coverage if the contractor is not properly insured. Make sure this does not happen to you! A lot of states have licensing requirements for contractors; however, some states are more specific than others when it comes to these types of licenses. Depending on the state, the contractor may or may not be able to ensure bonding from a surety company. You can check with the Department of Professional Regulation or Licensing Board for your state for this information. For example, Nauman Roofing has obtained both professional licensing and bonding for the state of Pennsylvania.

Application Expertise & Warranties

You should find out what brands and types of materials each contractor has the ability to sell and install. These should be listed on their website. It is important to know the information about these products to ensure the installation is done properly. Also, knowing the products will help so you know the information about warranties. When making an expensive purchase like a new roof, you will want to have all of the information about warranties in case something happens. There are two main categories when it comes to warranties: the first category covers workmanship, and the second covers the product (manufacturer’s warranty). A workmanship warranty is important to know about because if damage occurs to the roof due to a poor installation, the manufacturer’s warranty alone will not cover the repairs.

Written Proposals

A written proposal will help to ensure a clear line of communication between the contractor and the customer. This way the price, services, products, labor fees, and so on are all listed clearly so there are no surprises when the bill is delivered.

For additional tips and information about choosing a qualified roofer, visit our roofing FAQS section listed here: http://www.naumanroofing.com/blog-news/roofing-faqs/.