6 Things a Good Professional Roofing Contractor Will Never Do

6 Things a Good Professional Roofing Contractor Will Never Do


A high-quality roofing contractor will do many things: provide top-notch customer service, answer questions, exhibit professionalism at all times, produce excellent results. There are also several things a high-quality roofing contractor won’t do. Find yourself a roofing contractor who will never:

1. Ask for payment up front. This is a problem seen more frequently with residential roofing contractors: Some unscrupulous contractors will ask for money in advance and never actually do the work. Some good advice for hiring any sort of contractor: Do your homework. Ask around to hear from others who may have hired them. Utilize social media to gather information. Know who you’re working with. Unless there’s a major concern prior to the start of a project, a high-quality professional roofing contractor won’t ask for money before doing work—for supplies, for materials, for anything.

2. Operate without insurance or a license. If the contractor is unlicensed and someone is injured on the job, you could be held liable. Always ask for a copy of the contractor’s certificate of insurance. And if a license is required in your area, ask to see that as well. If a contractor is working without a required license and the building commissioner visits your job site, the contractor will receive a stop work order. This can put your building—with an unfinished roof—at risk. Don’t take unnecessary chances. A good contractor will have taken the necessary steps to keep you and your building safe.

3. Subcontract the work to someone else. Sub-par roofing contractors all too often contract the actual roofing work out to others, leaving the building owner unaware of who to contact regarding the project as it progresses—or the level of quality they can expect. A good professional roofing company will complete a project with its own crew, well aware of the training and expertise of everyone on the job.  Ask the contractor if the work will be done by a crew he or she has full control over.

4. Ask to borrow equipment and tools. A good professional roofing contractor will have the appropriate equipment and tools to complete every job, and he or she will never ask the building owner to borrow anything. Their job is to deliver a high-quality result without unnecessarily interrupting the activities taking place around and under the roof.

5. Leave a mess. A quality roofing contractor will leave the roof and the building property as clean—if not cleaner—than they found it. They will treat your property as if it were their own. Subpar contractors often do not.

6. Try to sell you something you don’t need. A good roofing contractor will work with you to find a roofing solution that fits your needs and budget. Although they can and should present options, they will not try to convince you to buy something you and your building don’t need.

There are many excellent professional roofing contractors out there, but there are also some not-so-excellent ones. Ask questions and practice due diligence to ensure you’re working with the best roofing contractor you can find.

For more than 30 years, Ridgeworth Roofing has been providing the very best in commercial roofing to the Chicagoland area. For outstanding customer service and remarkable results, contact Ridgeworth Roofing today.