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Qualities of a professional roofing contractor

What is the difference between a handyman and a roofing contractor? How can you tell them apart? Luckily, there are a few qualities that make professional roofing contractors standout from the crowd. Let’s take a look at some of those features.

  • License
    Before anyone can claim to be a residential roofing contractor, they must be registered and licensed to function as one. In Minnesota, that means that they must pass an examination, complete a criminal background check, fulfil continuing education, and be bonded and insured. Be sure to ask for your roofer’s licence to verify their suitability for the job.
  • Insurance
    A professional roofing contractor is required to have a minimum of $300,000 in liability insurance with $10,000 property damage coverage. This insurance protects you as the client and the roofing contractor in the event damage occurs on your property.
  • Solid repair plan
    After an evaluation, a professional roofing contractor should be able to provide possible solutions and discuss repair plans with you. This is particularly true in the case of a major repair. Having a plan in place that shows the roofer is both experienced and professional. It also keeps you in the know about how your roof repair may be carried out.
  • Good reviews and referrals
    Depending on how you heard about your roofer, you should be able to find positive reviews and referrals for their services. Many roofing companies and contractors have their own websites. Look through their website, read Google reviews, check Angie’s List, talk to local building associations, or even directly request referrals.
  • Manufacturer Certifications
    Many professional roofing contractors will be certified by various manufacturers. These certifications mean that the roofing contractor has been trained to properly install that manufacturer’s products. This is also required by many manufacturers for their product warranties to be valid.