When it comes to choosing a roofer, the lowest bid may not necessarily mean that you’ve contracted the best company for the job.
All states don’t require roofers to be licensed.
This means that if you live in a state that doesn’t require certification or licensing, anyone with a building permit may tell you that they are a roofer.
The lowest bid does not necessarily mean that you will be contracting a licensed roofer.
It is always best to learn your state’s laws and certification requirements and choose your roofer based on those qualifications, rather than by the bid.
To learn your state’s roofing laws and requirements, check with your state’s Department of Professional Regulation and Licensing. Based upon your state’s licensing procedures, compare the roofers credentials.
Obtain proof of the business credentials including business telephone number, address, and tax id number.
A very important aspect of hiring a good roofing contractor is choosing a company that provides a detailed and complete written estimate.
If a company offers you the lowest bid, but doesn’t explain in writing why you will save money contracting with his company, you should proceed cautiously. A good written estimate will explain in full detail the scope of the project and the cost of each step, labor, time involved and materials.
It’s also a good practice to ask the roofing company to let you know which manufacturers with whom they are licensed.
Even if the state doesn’t require the company to be licensed or certified, many companies within the roofing business will provide training for roofers.
If a company offers you the lowest bid but has no credentials or references to back them up, proceed with caution. It is much better to choose a company that can verify their craftsmanship and business ethics than contract with a company that offers the lowest bid that might cost you more in the end.