Having A Positive Roofing Experience

One of the best ways that consumers can protect themselves is to know the requirements placed on contractors by the state law and by manufacturers. By knowing the law, homeowners can help ensure that they are satisfied with the work performed on their home. Reputable Middlesex county roofers are aware of their responsibilities and welcome homeowners who ask them to demonstrate their compliance with the requirements placed on them.

First, only New Jersey contractors who are registered with the state are allowed to pull the necessary permits to make repairs or improvements to a home. This is important because any work done without the proper permits may bring fines on the homeowner or cause certain warranties to be voided. Before hiring a roofing contractor, a homeowner has the right to request the contractor’s registration number and to verify that the registration is valid with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

Secondly, New Jersey roofers are required to provide a copy of their liability insurance to anyone whose home they will be working on. Homeowners are encouraged to call the insurance company and verify that the contractor is in good standing and is indeed covered by the policy represented.

Additionally, any job that will cost $500 or more requires the contractor to provide a written contract for the work, which includes the total price for the job, a start date, a description of the work to be done and a completion date.

The contract must also include the business’ legal name and address, its state registration number and the phone number of the company’s insurer. Trustworthy contractors will readily meet these requirements and include a schedule of payments that coincides with the progress of the work. Contractors who offer in-house financing plans must apply for additional licensing.

Finally, the best contractors are those that meet the state’s requirements and earn and maintain certifications from roofing product manufacturers. GAF is America’s oldest and largest manufacturer of roofing and construction materials. Roofers who have earned GAF’s highest certification, the Master Elite Contractor, have demonstrated longevity in business, financial responsibility, a commitment to ongoing education and training, and ethical business conduct. Hiring factory-certified roofers ensures that the homeowner gets a quality roof installed by knowledgeable professionals and backed by great warranties. Many times, only a factory-certified roofer can offer that manufacturer’s best warranties.

By choosing a contractor that maintains their registration and licensure, follows required procedure and operates at a level that earns the most stringent of certifications, homeowners will be more likely to have a positive roofing experience and get the best roof for their money. The roofers at Fortified Roofing of Middlesex County NJ can answer your questions regarding new roofs or gutters.

Term explained by the roofers at Fortified Roofing, Middlesex County NJ:

Division of Consumer Affairs

In New Jersey, the Division of Consumer Affairs is responsible to oversee the registration of all Home Improvement Contractors, including roofers, who do business in the state. The department’s purpose is to protect consumers from fraud and deception.

Middlesex County roofers Fortified Roofing answers a common question:

What is the traditional schedule of payments for a roofing contractor?

Traditionally, roofers require one-third of the total cost of the job to be completed as a down payment. The second third of the cost is to be paid when the job is at the halfway point, and the final third is due upon completion of the work. Homeowners should be wary of any contractor who demands the full payment before beginning the work.

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