Choosing a roofing contractor to install or repair your roof is a big decision and a big investment. You want a professional roofing contractor you can trust. Unfortunately there are several scams out there that can leave you with a damaged roof and a wounded wallet. There are ways to protect yourself by taking the time to do some simple research. Learn about the company that you plan to use to ensure that they are professional, experienced, and well established. A few important questions you should ask are:
- Are you fully insured?
- Do you have a permanent office or place of business?
- Do you have permanent employees?
- When do you require payment?
Asking these questions will help protect you against scams or inexperienced, poor quality roofers. We’ll start by answering the first question, Are You Insured? Roofing can be dangerous and any company that is doing manual labor should be insured for your protection. Accidents can happen and if they do, you want to be protected. Ask the company for a copy of their insurance certificate and confirm the policy is active and authentic by calling the number on the certificate. Liability insurance will protect your personal property (home, car, and other personal belongings) that may be damaged while the work is being completed. J-Conn Roofing & Repair Service is insured and will provide proof of insurance and references prior to starting each job and upon request.
You want to make sure that the roofing contractor you are selecting is experienced and well established. Ask Do You Have a Permanent Office or Place of Business? and Do You Have Permanent Employees? This will confirm that you are dealing with a company that is established and here to stay versus a here today, gone tomorrow type company. If there is an office you can visit, you can meet the owner and employees, see shingle samples, and get detailed explanations of products being used on your home. Permanent employees are educated, knowledgeable, and dedicated to the goals and values of the company, with the skills and training to provide quality work. Come by and visit J-Conn’s showroom at 7302 Elm Forest Road, Austin, TX 78745, to sit down with a professional that will review your options, give detailed information about the products, and help you make the right decisions for your home.
The final question you should ask when getting information from your selected roofing contractor is When do you Require Payment? It is important to choose a contractor that requires payment only after the work is complete to ensure they will in fact finish the job. In some cases, especially in times of major storms and damage, there are individuals that will come knocking on your door to bid on your roofing needs, require full or partial payment up front, only to never be seen again. These are not roofers, they are crooks. Choosing a contractor like J-Conn that only requires payment due upon completion of the work is a way to avoid this type of scam.
You can also use other resources like word of mouth referrals, online reviews, and the Better Business Bureau to ensure you are selecting the right roofing contractor. You now have a brief knowledge of what sets a professional, experienced, well established roofing contractor apart from others. By educating the consumer we here at J-Conn hope to help prevent homeowners like yourself from being ripped off or scammed. Protect yourself by taking the time to do some quick research and use the many resources available to you to select the right roofing contractor.