How to Choose a Professional Roofer
Installing a new roof is a major investment. Get the strongest, safest and most durable roof possible by choosing a qualified professional. Follow the guidance below when choosing a professional roofer:
- Look for an established, licensed and bonded professional.
- Check references.
- Ask to see the contractor’s certificates of insurance. Make sure that coverage for liability and workers’ compensation insurance is current.
- Discuss available warranties from the manufacturer and the roof contractor.
- Check to see if they are members of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). NRCA has a Roofing Contractor Qualification Form to help owners prequalify roofing contractors.
RCI is a professional roofing association that provides these designations include “Registered Roof Consultant (RRC)” or “Registered Roof Observer (RRO).” More information about each type of designation is available on the RCI web site at http://www.rci-online.org/.
In brief, a RRC should have an in-depth knowledge of roof system design, and they are qualified to perform roof condition assessments, repair and maintenance recommendations, project management, and administration of roof asset management programs and roof system installation quality assurance. RRO are neutral parties that may be retained to observe workmanship to make sure it complies with standards described in contract documents.
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