Things you should ask before hiring a Roofing Contractor
- Does the contractor have a current roofing contractor’s license (C-39) issued by the State of California and a current city license (where applicable)?
- Does the contractor have both Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance, and can the company furnish the original Certificates of Insurance for each? (Photocopies should not be accepted)
- Can the company provide a list of former customers?
- Is the contractor a member of the SDRCA? If not, why so?
- Is payment upon completion? NEVER GIVE FULL PAYMENT UNTIL THE JOB IS COMPLETED!!! The law states that the contractor can only receive 10% of the contract price or $1,000.00, whichever is less, as a down payment.
- Will the contractor furnish a written contract with explicit payment?
- Instructions and total price?
- Does the contractor have a start and completion date?
- Will the contractor furnish you with his own written guarantee?
- Will the contractor furnish you with a manufacturer’s warranty?
- Is your contractor going to obtain the required roofing permits? Be leery of the contractor that asks you to obtain such permits.
Professional Roofing Contractors can provide the following:
- A permanent place of business that includes a permanent address, telephone number, tax identification number, California Roofing Contractor’s license, and where appropriate, a city business license.
- Proof of current Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance.
- References on previous customers and jobs.
- Warranties that cover both workmanship and materials.
- A list of completed projects that include the project, owner, architect and contact person.
Professional Roofing Contractors are:
- Properly licensed
- Committed to high quality work
- Service oriented
- Ethical in their business dealings
- Established, proven, reliable
- Technically competent
- Willing to stand behind their work
- Committed to the industry