It sounds simple enough.
If you want to ensure that your roofing project is contracted with a reputable roofing company, choose a roofer that is licensed and insured.
However, some states don’t require licensing. This can make finding a qualified roofer a bit more difficult, however, it is not impossible.
The first course of action is to check with your state’s Department of Professional Regulation and Licensing. Your local department is a wealth of information and can give you all of the information that you need to ensure that your roofer is highly qualified for the job.
Once you learn your state’s licensing and insuring policies, your next step is to ask the roofer for verification. A common mistake that many homeowners or business owners make in regards to choosing a licensed and insured roofer is that they simply don’t ask for references or verify information.
Ask the roofer for proof of certification, licenses and their insurance as applicable to state law. Also ask for references from former customers. Be diligent and thoroughly check all references that you are given.
If your state doesn’t require licensing, you can ask if the roofer has been trained or licensed by any of the manufacturers from whom they buy materials. Typically, manufacturers of various roofing materials will provide training and courses in proper installation.
A qualified roofing company should be able to provide you with all this information.
Also check with your local Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any past complaints filed against the company, and make certain that the roofing company only hires insured and thoroughly trained employees. Ask to see proof of workers’ compensation insurance or other safety certifications for the company’s employees as well.