Since most home owners aren’t roofing experts, how does one go about selecting the right contractor to install or repair a roof? Below are a few tips to help you out.

Local referrals

Finding a roofer in the area who has worked on other projects in the community is always recommended. Along with having a verifiable track record, someone local will also be totally familiar with all the local rules and regulations related to the job.

Research what’s best for your home

If you can at least find out what kind of roofing materials have worked in the past, find a contractor who regularly works with these products. Also beware of the contractor who doesn’t offer many options in terms of tiles, shingles, and other materials needed to do the job right. The style, color, and quality of these materials can sometimes impact the resale value of your house, so make sure you’re getting what you need, not what a contractor only offers.

Is the contractor licensed and insured?

While most states require licensing for contractors, including roofers in RI, it’s still always best to do your due diligence. Any roofing contractor should be able to provide copies of their insurance certificate, which documents insurance for all employees and subcontractors. Not having proper insurance can lead to home owners being liable should an employee sustain a serious injury on the job.