How To Hire a Roofer : A Landlord’s Guide To Hiring Contractors

Hiring contractors is one of the many tasks assigned to landlords or property managers. These contractors can be plumbers, electricians, carpet cleaners, or roofers. Each one of these contractor’s professions provides a vital service that contributes to the proper management and maintenance of your property investments. As you know these contractors are needed, but more importantly, you need to know how to hire the best contractors for your properties. This time we will discuss how to hire a roofer.

Unfortunately your property cannot settle for just any roofer You want to hire a roofer who is excellent at their job and is committed to completing their work in a timely fashion.

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Hiring a Qualified Roofer

Entry level positions for roofers are available to those even without a high school diploma. Due to the nature of laying roof shingles, constructing a roof is generally completed as a group effort. Training for proper roofing generally happens on-the-job, so ensuring your roofers are well trained can be a challenge.

Luckily,  you won’t be looking for individual roofers. Roofing companies  will provide their own team of workers. Unlike electrical and plumbing work other may have had done, roofing work is done on the exterior of a property and can easily be viewed and evaluated. Online reviews and other forms of evaluation can help determine if a roofing company is up to par.

How to Hire a Roofer – Safety Concerns

Your roof is your first line of defense from the elements that can take a toll on your properties. These elements especially include rainfall, and harsh sunlight. A poorly constructed roof, can leak during heavy rain. This rain can cause water damage in the attic or even cause an electrical fire if water comes in contact with electrical appliances. A poor roof construction can also cause your property to overheat due to the way the sun heats the building, which could be dangerous for children and the elderly.

Not only do negligent roofers pose a danger to your properties and those inside, but they also pose a danger to themselves. The obvious risks are falling from top of your building. Other risks include dehydration, heat stroke, or sunburns especially in the summer months. While as a landlord chances are if an accident happened to your roofing crew you would be held responsible, but your property managers should keep somewhat of an eye on their operations, if not to just make sure everything is going smoothly.

Are Your Contractors Insured

legally your roofers have to have some form of insurance. You need to know what is covered in those insurance policies, by asking for a copy of any insurance documentation they may have on file. Individual roofing businesses may also have additional warranties or service guarantees that they may offer their clients.

When Hiring a Roofer, Your Best Bet is to Shop Around

Shop around for the best roofing contractor you can find. They will all offer slightly different services,at different price ranges, but your goal is to sort them out and find the best fit for you. Also you need to do all of this before you actually need any roofing work done. You are contracting out this company and they will be your go to resource for all of your roofing needs. You need to be on a first name basis with all of your contractors, and they should know you as well. Apartment, condo, or dorm contracts are difficult to come by for contractors so they need to know you are valuable clients and should be treated as such, as a priority.

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  • The parts about checking the insurance of the roofing contractor was educational. I think that’s also a good way to avoid getting scammed. I’ve heard that legal documentations are usually a good think to check for.

  • You stated that a poor roof construction can also cause your property to overheat due to the way the sun heats the building, which could be dangerous for children and the elderly. My neighbor came over to our house last night to give us some of the shingles that were blown off our roof during the storm last night. Do most roofing contractors have the training to repair or install any type of roofing material? Hiring an experienced roofing contractor might be our best option.

  • Thank you for talking about hiring a contractor that is insured. It is important to remember that being a pro doesn’t mean you can’t make mistakes. It makes sense that a good roofer wound be insured to protect himself as well as the customer.

  • The article states that a roof is your first line of defense from the elements, and I completely agree. I think this makes finding a good roofing contractor that much more important. I think a good way to go about this that the article didn’t really mention is to ask around and get referrals. I know I’d feel much better hiring someone who can be vouched for by a trusted family member, friend, or colleague.

  • I really like how you pointed out that it is important to shop around when looking for a roofer so that you can make sure you are hiring the most qualified one for the job. I’m looking at getting a metal roof installed in my house, so this would be a useful tip for me to consider. I’ve read elsewhere that asking for references of past clients from a roofer is a good way to determine their quality. Is that true?

  • After deciding that it’s time to have our roof repaired, my husband and I are stumped on how to know if a roofing company is trustworthy or not. Before reading this I hadn’t thought about making sure the contractor is insured, but this definitely seems like an effective way to see if they are qualified for the job or not. It seems to me like having good roofers is the key to having a strong roof! Thanks for the information.

  • My fiance and I want to hire a roofing contractor to work on our roof. After reading this blog, we are going to take the search seriously since we agree that the roof is the first line of defense against elements. This makes it a very important part of our home and we want the best to work on it. Thanks for the insightful post!

  • This is really well put together. As a roofer myself, I always want to help future clients understand the importance of checking how legitimate a company is. I encourage them to ask for my insurance paperwork, license and anything else that will make them feel comfortable. I’ve seen far too many people get scammed by these so-called roofers that sneak in and ask for huge down payments and scatter before anyone notices. It’s tough for the homeowners and I feel for them.

  • There are many more experienced contractor out there that can be highlighted and qualified for the job. My friend owns a roofing company in Brockton and have been a roofing brockton ma contractor for a long time now, and it is always a great feeling when i could come around and see some completed projects of his work. Keep posting

  • Finding quality roofers has slowly become easier over the years. Back in the day, any scammer could get in front of an unsuspecting homeowner and sell them on a “down payment” for their services and then disappear. Nowadays, many homeowners seem to do more research which is good. It’s reduced many scammers and helped the industry. Plus having more reviews online helps build my profile so many clients know my success before I even walk in the door because I have so many great reviews online.

  • We often focus upon the contractor’s current financial information when considering the best roofing contractor we can find. Beside that, testimonials and reviews are considered as good choice for better hiring decisions. Some friends of mine keep unchanged this habit and have hired contractors in brockton ma due to good testimonials and offers

  • Great article guys, what makes this article so great is the fact that you pretty much bring up all the important questions that one must ask themselves before hiring a roofer to do a costly investment. The most important one’s are making sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. The other is making sure that they have some positive reviews. If these two boxes are checked, more than likely you have a good roofing company in your hands. Keep up the good content, thank you for even taking the time to share.

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