safetyFinding the right contractor to repair or replace a roof may seem like a daunting task for the inexperienced homeowner. There are hundreds of stories of fly-by-night operators who seemingly do a good job only to have the roof fail in a fairly short period of time. Here are a few ways to ensure that you hire a reputable Tampa roofing contractor for your project:

Verify Their References

Any contractor worth their salt will have a list of local references for jobs recently completed. Contact two or three to see how satisfied they were with the work, how timely the completion was and how responsive the contractor and his team were to any concerns. In addition, the state of Florida requires that contractors register with the Construction Industry Licensing Board. The contractor will provide you with his license number.

Obtain A Written Contract

This document should memorialize the terms of the deal including the scope, the materials and the expected time line as well as the cost. Having one of these is the only way to avoid misunderstandings and to endure that you and the contractor will be on the same page throughout the entire project.

Ensure They are Bonded and Insured

Doing your homework in this area will guarantee that any unforeseen accidents or catastrophes will be covered. A reputable contractor will always have this information available even at the time of the estimate. Don’t take the piece of paper at face value either as they can easily be faked by unscrupulous contractors. Instead, contact both the insurer and bonding agency to see that the policies are still in force.

Do Not Allow the Use of Subcontractors

Not only should the actual roofers working on your house be employees of the company, covered by the company’s insurance, but you should also be introduced to the foreman who is responsible for the timely and proper completion of your job. This fact should be stated in their promotional literature and documented in the contract.

Imperial Roofing Contractor is your award winning, licensed Tampa roofing contractor. As a Master Elite GAF Roofing Contractor, Imperial Roofing Contractor uses in-house employees on all jobs. Our employees are factory trained and certified by manufacturers of the products that Imperial Roofing uses. Subcontractors are not used on roofing jobs. A family business since 1968, Imperial Roofing brings consistency to each roofing project. Whenever possible, a family member is onsite to oversee each roofing job. You can count on generations of consistency and experience when you choose Imperial Roofing Contractor for your residential or commercial roof repair, restoration, or replacement.

For more information on these and other roofing issues or if you are looking for a Tampa roofing contractor, please contact us at Imperial Roofing.

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