TIPS ON HIRING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR IN SIOUX FALLS
Ace Roofing & Construction would like to offer our advice on choosing the best roofing contractor for work in and around Sioux Falls, SD. Here are six of the most important things we think you should consider:
1. BONDING, LICENSING AND INSURANCE
A Sioux Falls area roofing contractor, at a minimum, needs worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Ask to see the certificates and call the insurance carrier to confirm that the insurance papers are valid. Choosing a roofing contractor from a pool of contractors that have all three (bonding, licenses and insurance) balances the scales when figuring the cost of roof installation and provides surety that the contractor and you are protected.
2. HIRE LOCAL CONTRACTORS
The importance of choosing a contractor local to the area cannot be overstated. Ace Roofing has roots in Sioux Falls, and plans to be here tomorrow. There are instances of contractors from out of the area who complete the work and even provide a written warranty, but go out of business or move long before the warranty date is met. If that happens, well, you’re plain out of luck.
3. CONSIDER MORE THAN PRICING
Severely under priced bids by contractors artificially deflate the market and contractors with overhead and proper insurance need to bid projects that cover those costs. Your brother-in-law and the guy who does work on the side in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area can always do the work cheaper, however, like anything else in life you mostly get what you pay for.
4. BEWARE OF FOUL WEATHER FRIENDS
When the next South Dakota weather catastrophe strikes, there will be roofing companies who offer you a “good deal if you act now.” Call your insurance agent and ask for a recommendation on their company. Do not be pressured to sign any letters of intent or to make advanced payments for work not yet commenced or completed.
5. ASK FOR A WRITTEN AGREEMENT
Include terms of payment, advances of payment, the size of the contracting crew and that a final inspection, conducted by you, will be completed before settlement.
6. COMMUNICATION IS KEY
Bottom line; if they don’t return your phone calls or return the documentation you asked for in a timely manner, move on to the next contractor. Do not delay on something as important as a roof issue. Here in Sioux Falls, the season for good roofing weather is relatively short.