Roofing is one of those things you don’t ever think about until you’ve got water leaking down the bedroom wall and over the head board Roofing Shingles Cost Towson Maryland. And if that’s the first time you’ve discovered a leak, you’ve got no time to waste. Ceilings and walls don’t start to show water damage until they have been saturated and that means the leak in the roof could have started months ago.
Unfortunately, the consumer that has shifted into emergency mode is often the one most taken advantage of. There are several things you need to know about your contractor before you make the decision to allow him (them) up on your roof.
If you don’t ask this basic question and get proof from the contractor, you could be liable for any injuries that may befall the contractor when he is on your property. To add insult to injury, the roofing contractor that would put his workers up on your roof without insurance is the same contractor that would probably ignore most safety requirements. All of that cost money and perhaps the one thing you did ask is: “How much will the repair cost?” If that’s your only criteria for making a decision, you could be in trouble.
Again, in emergency mode, this is an often overlooked question. Being licensed and bonded lends to the credibility of the company you are dealing with. Licensed generally means the company has passed certain levels of training required to execute their jobs effectively and correctly. To become licensed, contractors must pass competency tests showing an understanding of the business, the laws and regulations. They also must have a clean criminal record. Bonding is the contractors safeguard against poor workmanship, theft and damage. Licensend roofers aren’t necessarily bonded – you need proof of both!