Whether you have damage to your shingles, a tree in your roof or just need to reshingle, it can be hard to choose a residential roofing contractor near Waite Park, MN. Whatever you’re looking for, here are a few ways you can narrow down your choices and find a quality residential roofing contractor.
1. Get The Details In Writing
Make sure you understand everything being done to your home, as well as how payments are to be made to the contractor. Both parties should be very clear on expectations.
Be sure to get the details of the job in writing, such as:
how many crew will be working on your home;
how long they estimate the job to take;
cost estimates; and,
other pertinent information.
2. Search For A Licensed, Insured & Bonded Contractor
You may have seen “Licensed, Insured & Bonded” on many different contractor’s websites and vehicles, but what does it mean?
- If a contractor is licensed, it means (in Minnesota) that they’ve received a license from the state to operate.
- If a contractor is insured, it means the workers, your family and home are covered and you won’t be liable should an accident happen.
- If a contractor is bonded, it means that you’re financially protected if the contractor doesn't complete a job for you, or the job is poorly executed.
The best way to tell if a residential roofing contractor near Waite Park, MN is insured and bonded is to see if they’re listed on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website. Many businesses, like BD Exteriors, will actually put the BBB logo on their website (ours is at the bottom of every page).
For licensing, head to the state of Minnesota website and search for that business’ name or license number – e.g. BD Exteriors’ license number is BC326161, also located at the bottom of every page on our website. In the state of Minnesota, a residential roofing contractor can only receive a license if they are bonded and insured, and they must take continuing education courses as well as renew their license every two years.
3. Only Choose Local Roofers
A local contractor is always your best bet. A national company with a local presence still employs local people, but profits leave the Waite Park area and any issues you have may end up continuously getting moved up the chain of command to someone far removed from your situation.
A truly local roofing company is locally owned and operated, with profits staying in the community. And you know the buck stops right here, with the owner.
4. Find Someone You Can Communicate With
It’s important that your residential roofing contractor near Waite Park, MN communicate with you as often as you need, and in a timely manner. If you notice something additional needs to be done, or something in the agreement hasn’t been taken care of, will you be able to get ahold of them and speak with the foreman or owner?