Tips for Hiring a Qualified Roofing Contractor

Whether you are building a new office building or want to hire roofing contractors to fix the roof of an existing office, choosing the right professional is the difference between a weak or strong structure. Here are some tips that can help you make an informed decision:

Experience Matters

A roof that is not correctly repaired poses a safety hazard. Besides letting in the harsh external elements, it can lead to mold growth, which can lead to respiratory issues among your staff. An experienced roof contractor pays attention to detail and can tell what can make a roof collapse.

That’s why they don’t consider a job complete after only fixing damaged areas. The job should also be followed up by a thorough inspection of the entire structure as well as parts that can slide/rip off, such as shingles.

They Should Be Licensed

In Illinois, only state-licensed roofing contractors are legally allowed to do waterproofing work and repairs on a roof. The only exception includes homeowners – who may want to do the work themselves on their own personal property. Also, the contractor should have a building permit. Any contractor who tries to forge a building permit is committing a Class 4 felony. These permits are only issued to businesses that can provide proof  that they are licensed.

The contractor you choose should have an unlimited roofing license. Unlike a limited roofing license, an unlimited roofing license allows them to provide services for commercial, industrial as well as residential properties. You can always verify their license through the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation.

Get To Know the Service

Before hiring a roofing contractor, look up companies who previously used their service and ask how the repairs on their roof turned out. If they say the contractor used someone else’s license, go with another roofing company. Using someone else’s license is a violation of the Illinois Industry Licensing Act and can lead to a $10,000 fine.

Choosing a random roofing contractor is a gamble. Even if the service looks professional, the service they provide may not be up to par and you may end up paying for shoddy work. In the long run, hiring a roofing contractor who has excellent online reviews and prominent clients is a wiser decision.

Your business is under constant risk if it stands unprotected from harsh weather conditions and from apparent safety hazards, which are common in the workplace. By foreseeing and managing these risks, you can ensure your employees remain safe and avoid costly lawsuits. However, accidents are not uncommon but by maximizing your insurance coverage, you can significantly reduce the impact of those risks.

This is where SIA Insurance Group can prove invaluable for your business and future goals. We take a proactive approach to creating tailored insurance and risk management programs that can meet the needs of small and middle markets and reduce risks significantly. Get in touch with us for a consultation in Woodridge, Illinois, today. We have been working as trusted insurance advocates for business owners for three decades and have no intention of stopping anytime soon.

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