Tips for Hiring a Contractor

Does Your Contractor Measure Up?

We know that choosing a contractor for your roof can be confusing. It’s a big decision! We’re sharing important information to help you make the best decision for your home.

Licensing

“The Board for Contractors licenses businesses engaged in the construction, removal, repair, or improvement of facilities on property owned by others.” Every roofing contractor licensed to operate in Virginia must have a contractor license number, meaning it is against the law for anyone to perform work on your roof without a license. To obtain a license, a roofer must pass rigorous tests that cover safety requirements and construction laws, as well as provide proof of training and job experience. Protect yourself and your home and search your contractor on the DPOR’s License Lookups before you hire (Department of Professionals and Occupational Regulation).

Insurance

Virginia also requires licensed roofers to be bonded and insured. Homeowners who use contractors that are not licensed or properly insured put themselves at risk for damage or injuries incurred while contractors work on your property. Before hiring a roofing contractor, be sure to ask for their Certificate of Insurance.

Reputation

Check your contractor’s Better Business Bureau rating and online reviews. Additionally, ask for references and a portfolio of their work that you can visit.

Contract and Warranty

All contractors that provide roof replacement and repairs should provide a contract with a warranty.  Before you hire a contractor to work on your home please take a look at the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation’s TOP 10 TIPS on how to hire a contractor.