Hiring A Roofing Contractor
Are you asking…or should be asking….
• How many bids should I get?
A general rule is three bids. This will allow you to become familiar with the roofing process, materials, and presentation of the contract. Extreme differences in materials, price and contract terms will allow you to better judge the roofing contractors. The more you become educated, the more likely you are to have a successful roofing project. If you are not satisfied you can always get more.
• Is my contractor licensed and insured?
This is one of the most important questions you can ask to protect you and your home or business. With a little time and checking, you can be assured that your contractor meets the requirements for doing business in Florida. At a minimum, check the following;
a) Verify the contractor’s license – www.myfloirdalicense.com/dbpr or call 850-487-1395
b) Verify Worker’s Compensation Coverage – www.myfloridacfo.com/wc
c) Verify Liability Insurance – Ask your contractor for a current “Certificate of Liability Insurance” and contact the carrier to insure that coverage continues to be in place.
• Who is going to be on my job?
Manson roofing provides its own work force to perform your roofing services. Be aware that some contractors “Sub-contract” your roofing work to others. It’s good to know who is responsible for your roof.
• What else should I be asking?
a) Ask around. Do a little research into the contractor’s experience and references.
b) If the contractor is asking for a down payment, we suggest that it be minimal (in the 5-10% range). Requests for large down-payments can be an indication of financial instability.
c) Before making your final payment, obtain a “Release of Lien” from the contractor and from any suppliers and sub-contractors that may have been involved in your job. Become familiar with Florida’s Lien Law.
• Is the firm I am hiring a Florida Drug Free Work Place and is the eligibility of their employees to work in the USA verified through the Dept. of Homeland Security and Social Security Agency?
At Manson Roofing, the answer to both questions is YES! All employees go through pre-employment drug testing as well as verification of employment eligibility through the US E-VERIFY PROGRAM.