Free Advice

Ask for proof of insurance

Your contractor should carry insurance to protect your home from accidental damage and hold at least $1,000,000 in general liability insurance.  Ask for a copy of their COI.

Make sure the contractor you select is licensed.

The state of NJ requires all roofing contractors to be licensed, carrying a valid HIC number.  Ours is HIC13VH08078000.  Here is the link to verify if it is active.  

Make sure the contractor you choose has a satisfactory rating with the BBB

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Ask for References

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Get a written estimate

Your contractor should provide an estimate that includes an accurate description of the work to be performed.  If they can’t put it in writing don’t write a check.

Take note if they don't even inspect your roof!

In addition to checking for storm damage, your contractor should perform a thorough inspection of the entire roofing system, including the deck, attic, flashing, chimney, soil stacks and other roof penetrations.

Learn about the materials being used.

Not all roofing products are the same, so be sure your contractor works with a name you can trust.  GAF, Owens Corning are the two leading manufacturers of roofing in the country.  However just as important to ask about is the other components of the roof, not just the shingles.  One sure way to lower costs to the contractor is to offer substitute components like starter-strips, underlayment, Ice and watershield as well as ventilation.  

Make sure they are factory certified

Any contractor can claim that they can install a roof.  Admittedly it doesn’t require a master’s degree to learn how.  However, being certified ensures that installation is meeting the manufacturer’s warranty guidelines as well as building code requirements. Additionally, they are up to date with installation best practices and being certified will ensure you are working with a reputable company as certified contractors are vetted and can potentially lose their certification for poor performance.

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