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What To Ask a Contractor
January 10, 2008 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Hello. This is Greg Zimmerman, executive editor of Building Operating Management magazine.
Todayï¿½s tip is about how to qualify a roofing contractor. Make sure to ask four important questions to make sure your roofing contractor isnï¿½t just some fly-by-night, shady player.
First, ask if the company is licensed, bonded and, most importantly, experienced. Make them show the documents proving their licensing and bonding, and find out if theyï¿½ve been involved in any litigation in the last five years. Ask for references and find out how many times theyï¿½ve done jobs with the roofing system youï¿½re interested in.
Secondly, ask about the companyï¿½s current workload. This is especially critical if youï¿½re considering a smaller company. If itï¿½s a larger company, find out how much, if any, of the work will be subbed out. Determine whether the foreman on the job is a worker or just a supervisor.
Third, make sure you understand exactly what the contractor is proposing in his bid in terms of type of roofing system and scope of labor. Make sure the contractor is as specific as possible. Phrases like ï¿½smooth, workable surfaceï¿½ should be clarified.
Finally, ask about the details of the warranty, both for workmanship and for the roofing product being installed.
Asking these questions will help ensure that youï¿½re evaluating contractors on a level playing field.