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Top 7 Questions to Ask Your Baton Rouge Roofing Company

Posted by Robbie Chatelain on Fri, Apr 05, 2013 @ 09:29 AM
roofing companies in baton rouge louisianaHiring a lackluster roofing company in can get you more than just a poor quality roof; it can affect your insurance coverage and liability for workers' injuries, as well as simply costing you more money. When you are considering a roofing contractor, be sure to ask these key questions: 
  1. What is the estimated cost? Once the roofing contractor inspects the size, shape, and current condition of your roof, he or she can offer you a price estimate. Be wary of companies who offer you estimates over the phone - only on-site inspection can reveal what work needs to be done. The contractor should give you a written price estimate, but be sure not to pay the full amount up-front - the deposit should not exceed 25% of the total estimate.
  2. What is the expected timeline and work schedule? Again, the contractor can give you this estimate after examining the roof. Be sure to ask when the workers will be at the site, as well as how long the project will take.
  3. Do you have liability insurance? If workers get injured on your property, you may be liable for worker's compensation unless the roofing contractor insures its workers. This is an absolute must-have, so don't be afraid to ask for proof of insurance.
  4. Is there a labor warranty? The manufacturer's warranty should cover most materials, but make sure your contractor is willing to stand behind the work done.
  5. Are you licensed? The company must have the appropriate state and local licensing. This information is publicly available. The employees should be certified, as well.
  6. What are your references? Your roofing contractor should be willing to give you at least 3 recent references for jobs similar to yours. Feel free to call references and ask about their experience, and see if you can visit past sites to see the work that was done.
  7. How often do you do jobs like mine? The contractor should have done several similar jobs in the past year or so. If not, look for a company that better suits your needs; this may include seeking out a specialist.
  8. Where do I sign? Don't settle for a verbal contract - there should be a written agreement in place between you and the contractor (be sure to read and understand it fully). This will protect you if any issues arise.
In addition, take some steps to make sure that the company is both legitimate and high quality. Choose a company that has been in business for several years, and make sure they have an address, phone number, and tax ID number. You can check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints lodged against the company, and talk to the contractor about how they addressed any such complaints.

With all this in mind, please feel free to put us to the test! Call Cribbs, Inc. at 225.344.0422, or download the free ebook below for to see if you might be in need of a new roof.

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Topics: Choosing a Roofing Company