Replacing your roof is a big expense. It's tempting to look for ways to save on installation. While asking multiple contractors for a quote is a good choice, there's one thing you should never, ever do: go with the cheapest quote, even if the contractor isn't licensed.
It's a terrible idea.
You need to hire a licensed roofing contractor for the exact reasons you'd only visit a licensed doctor. You could lose a lot if something goes wrong. Here are the top 3 reasons why you should hire a licensed roofing contractor.
1. Hire a Licensed Roofing Contractor for Safety
There's a reason that licensing standards are in place. They help protect you from major problems. Even though it may be tempting to hire an unlicensed contractor on the strength of word of mouth or a low quote, don't do it. Many times, a lower quote means a time crunch for the roofer to finish fast and get paid. And rushing leads to safety issues. Mis-footed ladders, dangerous practices while on the roof, code violations.
If you hire an unlicensed roofing contractor, you'll be crossing your fingers, hoping that nothing bad happens.
2. Hire a Licensed Roofing Contractor to Save Money
You know how much faster incorrectly placed shingles wear out? It could take years off the life of your roof. Not to mention other damage that might take place beneath the surface. Even the newest roof can leak if it's poorly installed. Hiring an unlicensed roofing contractor might seem to be the cheap way out. But your cost can rise in a huge way, fast.
3. Hire a Licensed Roofing Contractor to Protect Yourself
Unlicensed roofing installers rarely carry insurance. You can assume that if a contractor doesn't bother with licensing, they don't have liability and worker’s comp either. But what's the worst that could happen? Well, that's easy: injury … leading to your liability as the homeowner.
Even in a best-case scenario, your homeowner's insurance rate will rise. What's the the worst case? Lawsuit. Licensed roofing contractors in Tennessee must carry worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Choose a licensed contractor to protect your property and assets from a legal challenge.
How Can I Tell if My Roofing Contractor is Licensed?
Ask them. They should have their license on hand to show you when they come to your home. At the least, they need to be willing to show you proof at the next opportunity. NEVER simply take someone's word of honor or sign a contract without seeing a physical copy of the license. An unlicensed contractor may not have many scruples about lying.
Hire a Roofing Contractor You Can Trust
Cost of labor doesn't add up to much when you consider how much an unlicensed contractor could cost you. Armor Xteriors roofing installers are always licensed and stay up to date with building codes and industry standards.