Tips on … Hiring a Roofing Contractor
June 18, 2013

Putting a roof on you home is something that most of us only have to do once or twice in a lifetime.  BBB warns homeowners suffering damage from the hailstorms not to let disaster strike twice.  It's an unfortunate truth that con men often breeze into town after a storm, along with many reputable contractors.  The fly-by-night contractors clean out as many people as possible, then blow back out of town.

Rule #1- Never pay for a job up front; never sign anything until you are ready to hire a contractor, read and get a copy of anything you do sign.

To find a reputable roofing contractor, the BBB urges homeowners to take the following precautions:

  • Obtain bids from several firms unless you have a trusted contractor
  • Keep specifications identical by getting the weight per square for composition shingles.  This enables homeowners to judge the quality of the materials -- the heavier the weight per square, the higher the quality.
  • Get a business card and the home location of the roofing company
  • Obtain a reliability report on the firm by calling the Better Business Bureau at 325-691-1533 or look it up on the internet at www.abilene.bbb.org.
  • Check with City Hall on local contractor requirements. In Abilene you can contact them at 676-6270 or 676-6273.
  • Get it in writing, if the sales person promises, write it on the contract including terms & conditions of payment. Withhold final payment until you are satisfied with the job
  • Beware of fly-by-night repair businesses soliciting work in unmarked trucks and requiring advance payment, and do not succumb to high pressure techniques such as the price  is "good only for today".