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When you choose the wrong Roofing contractor — even a simple roofing repair project can cost you, much less a complete roof replacement.

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Click the button below to look up a roofing contractor's license in Tennessee. Please note: Tennessee issues a specialty contractor's license for roofers licensed in Tennessee.

A good ad isn’t proof that a roofing contractor does quality work. You've just gotta find out for yourself. Check with friends, neighbors, or co-workers who’ve had improvement work done, and check out a contractor’s reputation on online review sites you trust. Get written estimates from several firms, keeping in mind the lowest bidder may not be the best choice. Also important: know the signs of a scam.

Before You Hire A contractor

Get Estimates in Writing from 2 to 3 contractors

To help you narrow down your options, get written estimates from several roofing contractors. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder. The estimate that's somewhere in the middle between the highest and the cheapest, oftentimes, is the estimate providing the most consistent value across all of the areas affecting the cost.

Compare the estimates side by side - apples to apples - and look for items that you have questions about, don't understand, or that may be listed on one estimate but the not the others.

3 Estimate Items You Can't Afford to Overlook:

Are materials from a reputable Manufacturer?

Such as GAF, CertainTeed, Owens Corning,etc.

Does the time for Labor seem reasonable?

Such as GAF, CertainTeed, Owens Corning,etc.

What are the warranty options included?

Ensure they're offering a workmanship warranty that is underwritten by the materials manufacturer.

6 Questions You Need to Ask Before Signing a Roofing Contractors Agreement

1. Do you have a copy of your State Contractors License?

This is the first question you should ask. For a reputable and experienced roofing contractor, asking to see their contractors license is expected. They'll welcome the opportunity to show you their credentials. A majority of them will either provide you with their license number, will have a copy with them you can see, or give you a link on their website where it's available for you to view.

If they don't have a copy provide a copy, can't provide you with a link on their website for you to see, are offended that you asked for a copy, or even refuse to provide a copy, you should assume they do not have a valid license. The liability and risk you'll assume by working with an unlicensed roofing contractor can cost you thousands upon thousands if something goes wrong. And even if nothing goes wrong, an unlicensed roofing contractor won't be able to offer you a majority of what you'd be able receive from a licensed contractor such as 1) proper warranty options, 2) roofing materials from a reputable manufacturer, 3) general liability insurance, 4) and workers compensation, just to name a few.

2. How many projects like mine have you completed in the last year?

Ask for a list so you can see how familiar the contractor is with your type of project.

3. How long have you been in business?

Look for an established company whose record and reputation you can check out.

4. How many reviews do you have on Google My Business? What is your overall Review Rating? (5 Stars is the Highest)

The most reputable roofing contractors expect you to ask about this. In fact, they want you to ask. Why? Because they've worked hard to build their reputation around positive reviews. And, this gives them a great opportunity to show off that hard work.

Pay close attention to their overall star rating vs. the number of reviews. For example, an overall 5.0 Review Rating doesn't give you much confidence if they only have 3 unique reviews. At the same time, a 4.5 overall review rating with 100 unique reviews over a couple of years is much more impressive and promising for you.

All you have to do is go to https://google.com and search for the name of the roofing company (ie. ACME roofing, Excellent Roofing, etc.)

You'll see something similar to the screenshot on the right of our listing summary in Google.

5. Will my project require a permit?

All of the counties in the greater Memphis area have specific requirements around a variety of building projects. Each county is different.  However, your contractor should be familiar with these requirements. And, a competent contractor will get all the necessary permits before starting work on your project.

6. What types of insurance do you carry?

Any contractor you're considering should carry:

  • personal liability
  • worker’s compensation
  • property damage coverage

Ask for copies of insurance certificates, and make sure they’re current, or you'll be the responsible party held liable for any injuries and damages that occur during the project.

7. Will you be using subcontractors on this project?

If so, make sure the subcontractors have current insurance coverage and licenses, too.

To find builders, remodelers, and related providers in your area, contact your local home builders association or check to see if they're members of the National Association of Home Builders by visiting nahb.org.

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