Every home will require some roof repair or a minimum amount of maintenance during its lifetime. Weather conditions or local wildlife gaining entrance to your home via your roof can damage it, requiring the immediate attention of a skilled professional roofing firm. Ultimately, all roofs will require maintenance at some point.
The Forest Hills community has many professional roofing businesses to address your roofing needs. Choose the best option by requesting estimates and getting referrals from neighbors when hiring a roofing firm. This referral process is an essential step to take when you’re looking to hire a roofing contractor.
Roofing contractors should have workman’s’ compensation and liability insurance to protect the homeowner in the event of an accident. Workers’ compensation protects the homeowner if a roofing company’s employee gets injured, and liability protects you from damage caused by the roofers during repair or replacement.
Without workman’s’ compensation insurance, the homeowner may be responsible for medical bills and other costs associated with the injury. Homeowners’ insurance policy may not cover these types of accidents, making you personally liable for the damages. Some contractors use subcontractors for roofing jobs. Make sure you get lien waivers to protect yourself if your contractor doesn’t pay them. Ask whether or not a subcontractor will be performing any part of the job. If so, make sure you ask these same questions of the roofing subcontractor — you should ask whether or not if they are insured.
Ask the roofing contractor if your city or state has licensed them. Licensing requirements vary by state. Some cities and counties also require a contractor to be licensed. Verify with your local Better Business bureau if whether or not a license is required in your area and if it is, confirm it’s verification with your regional licensing offices to make sure your roofer’s license is up to date and doesn’t have any outstanding violations. A business license is not the same as a roofing contractor license.
Ask to be referred to local residential job sites that you can visit and check previous roofing work. Follow up with the homeowners, whenever possible and ask whether they are happy with the roofing job completed by the contractor.
Please contact our office and we will refer you to a reputable Roofer that specializes in the Forest Hills real estate market including coops.
Call us at 718-997-6000 or email us at Support@ForestHillsRealty.com.