If you are looking for a roofing contractor in Tampa Bay, what should you be looking for? Maybe things like how long they’ve been in business in Tampa Bay? Are they licensed? What about reviews on websites? All of these things are helpful, and there are other things you should check as well.
Roofing contractors come and go the good and bad. So how can you find the good ones among the bad? There are ways, and some just require some common sense. First, look at how long they’ve been in business. Bad businesses don’t last long. They can only take so much money without giving good service before that bad service shuts them down. Check the local courts for civil suits.
Have past customers sued them to recover for unfinished or poorly done work? Check the state and local licensing bureau for a license in good standing. Check your state’s corporate database to see how long, or if, they are incorporated. Also see if they have any actions against their license.
Another good thing to search- search by the owner’s name. If he or she has a lot of short lived businesses, run, don’t walk, the other way. Check with your homeowner’s insurance company. What roofing contractors do they recommend? They want to do business with good roofing contractors. Insurance companies want the job done right so they don’t have to pay to fix it again.
Another thing to check is the Better Business Bureau. Look to see if there are any complaints lodged against the business with the Better Business Bureau. Look locally and even nationally. Check local business associations to see if the business is a member in good standing, or if anyone has complained there as well. Another thing to check no one ever thinks about is check their suppliers – do they pay their suppliers in a timely fashion.(are they using your deposit to pay for the last job?
Speaking of looking for complaints, try online sites as well. Try Google +, sites like Angie’s List or Yelp. There will always be a negative voice, but see if the good outweighs the bad. Look for customer reviews with names attached. Look for customer reviews that give specifics about the work done. Look to see if the bad reviews have a respectful response from the business.
Be careful about choosing your roofing contractor. Do your homework and find the best.