When you need repair work done on your roof, or if you need an entirely new roof installed, you need to be sure that the Portland roofing contractors you’re considering working with are legitimate, and have the necessary skills to do a great job on your home. If you happen to have a friend or family member who got great service from a particular roofing contractor in the area, that should make it easy for you to make a decision. However, most people who need roofing work done don’t have that luxury and have to find a competent roofing contractor all on their own. Here are some important questions to ask roofing companies in Portland before you contract work.
How long have you been in business, and are you licensed?
Ideally, the Portland roofing company that you choose should have at least five years of experience in the roofing business, so you can be sure they know what they’re doing. During that period of time, a contractor will have installed hundreds of roofs just like your own, so it should be a breeze to tackle your job and do well on it.
Portland roofing contractors working in the state of Oregon must be licensed by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board, and it will be important for your contractor to have evidence of being licensed. When a roofing contractor is licensed in the state, he/she will have demonstrated knowledge of the business, adherence to established building codes, and will also have to provide proof of insurance.
Is your Portland roofing contractor bonded?
A surety bond is a kind of insurance which protects the homeowner financially in the event that the Portland roofing contractor in some way fails to provide adequate service. There are a number of scenarios which would allow you to make a claim against that bond to be reimbursed for any kind of financial loss. Some of the situations are as follows: your roof is damaged by the work performed, the contractor failed to obtain a work permit and the county bills you for the permit, the contractor doesn’t pay his subcontractors, or if the contractor fails to complete the work as promised.
What kind of training does your crew have?
It’s entirely possible that if you’re having an asphalt shingles roof installed, that the crew may have no more training than a high school vocational program. It’s very important that roofing crews get trained adequately when it’s necessary to install more specialized kinds of roofing systems such as metal roofing, flat roof installations, and low-slope installations. Make sure that the roofing crew you select has all the requisite skills and knowledge for the job.
Can I visit a job site and watch your crew currently in action?
In most cases, Portland roofing contractors should not object to having you watch the roofing crew carrying out their normal activities on a job. It will be worth your while to go to a job site and see how the roofing crew conducts itself. Take note of how professional the crew is, and how they dispose of discarded roofing material without damaging the property. If they maintain a neat operation and appear to be working efficiently toward the objective, that should bode well for having them work on your own house.
Do you have references whom I can contact?
Legitimate Portland roofing contractors should be able to provide you with at least three or four references from past jobs they’ve completed. When checking those references, be sure to ask whether the crew started on time and finished the job as scheduled, or if there were delays involved in accomplishing the work. Also, ask whether or not the crew showed respect for property and cleaned up well after the job was done. Be sure to find out if the final cost was in line with the original quote. And finally, ask any references that you talk with whether or not they would recommend that roofing contractor to you as being reliable, professional, and trustworthy.
Roofing systems from Greater Purpose
When you work with Greater Purpose Construction LLC, you can be certain that your project will be completed on time and within budget. Working with both residential and business clients, Greater Purpose maintains excellent communications with clients throughout the process, so there are no surprises at the end of the project. Our certified roof installers are experts at their craft, so you can rely on the job being done right the first time. Get a free quote today and ask us for references.