To help you in your search for a truly great Sterling roofing contractor, Roofing & More has compiled the following checklist. When evaluating and comparing contractors, you should only consider those who provide proof of the following:
- A Class A contractor’s license demonstrates that a business is licensed to be in the business of construction, repair and remodeling in the state of Virginia.
- Proof of bonded status means you will be financially compensated if the contractor does not fulfill his contractual obligation.
- Any contractor you hire should have his own general contractor liability insurance. Liability insurance that is greater than your assets protects you from financial liability in the event bodily injury or property damage occurs during the project.
- Proof of workers’ compensation insurance covers injuries contractors cause to themselves or their employees.
- Proof of certification by a manufacturer demonstrates that a contractor has been thoroughly vetted and trained to install that manufacturer’s products, making you eligible for full warranty coverage.
- A proper locality business license proves that a contractor is authorized to conduct business in your city.
- A contractor who provides a warranty on labor and installation is going above and beyond the standard manufacturer’s warranty. This demonstrates a solid commitment to customer satisfaction and workmanship excellence.
- A contractor who provides references for recent jobs further demonstrates his ability to get a job done right, and to earn the approval of his customers.
- Longevity is important in the construction business, because the vast majority of contractors are out of business within a few years. Longevity proves the company knows how to conduct a successful business, which ultimately boils down to satisfied customers and high-quality work.
Stay tuned next week for Part Two, when we’ll discuss how to compare the products and performance of the contractors you are considering.Download our printable Contractor Comparison Guide.
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