It’s time for a new roof, which is stressful to any homeowner. Your insurance is going to pay for it, thankfully, but you don’t know which contractor to choose. You received proposals from a handful of contractors, and the work proposed and final costs are significantly different. How do you know which contractor is best? Take into account the following.
Price is important, especially if an insurance company is footing the bill, but don’t rely on it solely. It’s tempting to select the contractor who came in with the lowest bid, but why did he come in with the lowest bid? Oftentimes, contractors will bid low with the intent to secure the job only to add on costs at a later date. Obviously, you must select a bid your insurance company will approve or you can afford, but don’t look at the grand total alone.
Take the time review the work proposed on the bid and determine whether it’s realistic. If any of the contractors did not provide a detailed estimate, cross him or her off your list. Your bid should include a complete accounting of all work to be performed, the materials – including quantities – and all estimated labor costs. You may find that the lowest bid is affordable but only allots for a few days of labor, even though realistically the work will take longer.
Bond, Insurance and License
Regardless of the bid’s detail and final cost, never select a roofing contractor that isn’t properly bonded, insured and licensed in the state of Georgia. The state’s regulating authority requires all contractors to be licensed and many specialties within the construction industry, such as roofing, to carry insurance and bond coverage. Call or head to Georgia’s contractor’s licensing board’s website and run a search on each contractor. The results will show whether the license and all bond and insurance coverage is active and whether the contractor has had previous claims.
Finally, ask each contractor for references and call each one. Ask detailed questions about the previous customers’ experiences with the contractor. Was he or she on time and courteous? Did he or she respect the property and complete the work without delay or issue? Would the customer use the contractor again? Check out online reviews, too, as people are more inclined to post negative feedback anonymously. Reliable contractors, such as Biltmore Roofing in Lawrenceville are not afraid to give you testimonials confirming their excellent work.