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Did you know, that according to independent research, more than 58% of Milwaukee roofing contractors & specialists should be AVOIDED?
Its true, you cannot trust more than 58% of roofers in the greater Milwaukee area (serving much of Southeastern Wisconsin).
Our goal is to line you up with a pre-screened, trusted roofing contractor or specialist at an affordable rate. Think of us as ‘Consumer Reports’ or the ‘Better Business Bureau’…specialized in screening roof repair service providers in and around the Milwaukee area (including Racine & Waukesha).
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Avoid Roof Repair Scams & Ripoffs! How to Choose a Professional Roofer in the Milwaukee Area
If something were to happen to your roof today or tomorrow, would you know how to repair it on your own? Chances are you probably wouldn’t know the first thing about personally replacing or repairing it, but would you know who to call in the Milwaukee area to get the job done? Take this one step further. Do you even know what it takes to get the job done correctly? Could you tell if a roofing contractor was doing a good job on your roof?
Unfortunately, ignorance is not going to get your roof repaired or replaced. It is up to you to research and become knowledgeable about the roofing process. No, you are not a roofing professional, but you should at least know the basics about the whole process before dishing out cash to a total stranger.
If you don’t understand a certain aspect of the job then ask questions. Sometimes it is hard to determine if a new service provider is worth the time and money. However, when it comes to researching and interviewing roofing contractors, you must treat it as a priority. After all, this is an investment in your home.
Ask Questions and More Questions
A roofing contractor in the greater Milwaukee area should be able to answer all of your business questions in complete detail. How long has he been in business? Where is he located? Does he work alone or for a big company? Does he work according to local building ordinances? Is he going to secure all permits for the project? Unfortunately, you never know who is going to answer the phone or come to your home when dealing with a contractor.
If you are dealing with a larger company, you might end up talking to customer service reps when you would rather talk to the actual person scheduled to fix or replace your roof. However, when dealing with a smaller company or a one man company, you can talk directly with this person. This is something that you should also consider when choosing a roofer.
So, get detailed answers. Do not accept generic answers that anyone could answer for you, and this includes the scripted answers that most sales departments provide. The answers you receive will determine if you are choosing a roofing professional that is experienced and qualified to get the job done.
Get Customer Referrals
Can your chosen roofing specialist give you a current list of referrals? Does he carry a portfolio with pictures of his last roofing jobs? This is just good business and shows that he is a professional businessman. Make a few phone calls and ask past customers if they were satisfied with the contractor’s work. This will help you make your decision. If his past workmanship was not satisfactory or up to code, move on to the next contractor on your list.
Inquire About Roofing Contractor’s License
Unfortunately, you don’t have to have a roofing contractor’s license to work as a contractor in many states including Wisconsin. A license says that you have an understanding of how things should be done, but there is no guarantee of workmanship behind certain licenses. In order to get a better understanding of how this works, research the laws and codes in Wisconsin.
Inquire About Roofing Contractor Insurance
Make sure that your Milwaukee roofing contractor has both liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Also, get the certificates directly from the insurance companies before the roofer starts your roofing project. You could always opt for a roofer that does not have these things, but remember that you get what you pay for.
If something were to happen to any of the roofer’s employees while they were on your roof, you would be liable for all medical expenses. Yes, a lot of times roofers that don’t have insurance are cheaper, but is this really a chance that you want to take? It might cost you even more money in the long run.
Sure, there are some good reasons for why roofing contractors might not have insurance. The lack of insurance does not mean that they are unprofessional or unreliable. For instance, insurance premiums are high and many small business, new or part time contractors are not able to afford them in the very beginning. You may opt for an uninsured roofer. But remember that you are taking a huge chance with one of your biggest assets, which is your home.
Establish Job Requirements and Approve Proposals
You probably already have a list of things that you want when it comes to your roofing project. Make sure that the contractor understands what you want done. Get a written proposal before any work begins. The proposal will tell you what products will be used, the prices, the time frame of the project and what services to expect.
Also, understand the types of products that are being used for your roofing project. Do you know if the brands listed on the proposal are quality ones? Or, are they low grade inferior products? Do they come with satisfactory warranties? Why did the contractor choose those particular products? Ask him to explain the proposed product selections. Don’t approve products just because they are cheap. This is not always the best strategy. Understand everything on the proposal before taking the next step to sign the contract.
Ensure Workmanship and Customer Satisfaction
Make sure that you are happy with the workmanship provided by the roofer. Did he successfully do everything that is listed in the contract? Was the work done per the manufacturer’s specs? All work should be done based upon the product manufacturer’s guidelines. If any problems sprout during the project, advise the roofer so that they can be identified and corrected.
These are just a few simple ways to ensure that your roofing project flows smoothly. Use these tips wisely. Always remember that as the paying customer, you are the one in control. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as it takes. This is the only way to determine if you are dealing with a reputable and credible roofing contractor. Make your choice based upon value and professionalism. This will increase your chances of finding the right roofing contractor.