Are you worried that you may need a roof?
If you are like most homeowners, you probably have many questions. Ideal Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. has compiled a few guidelines to help the average homeowner make the process of getting a new roof less stressful.
- Find a roofer who has been in business for many years.
- Get references for past jobs (8-10 years old) and check each one.
- Get a state of Ohio workers’ compensation number from the company.
- Most communities require contractors to be registered, so make sure the roofer is licensed. A bond and liability insurance are required before they will allow contractors to obtain permits to do a roofing job,
- Call the Better Business Bureau (216-240-7678). They will tell you if a company has addressed any complaints in a timely manner.
- A reputable roofer will write a contract with all the details of the job and not require more than a 10 percent deposit. If a company wants a larger deposit, find someone else.
Now you have some idea of how to select a reputable company. If you have access to a 2005 phone book, you will see that there are 261 roofing companies listed. 73 of these companies are not in the 2008 book. 28% of the original businesses are no longer in business. It would be a fair guess that if you went back to 1998, 50% of the businesses would no longer be listed in this year’s phone book.
Most roofs installed have at least a 25-year warranty. You certainly do not want a company that has not been in business a long time and may not be there in 1 to 15, or even 20 years to perform warranty service, should it be needed.
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Ideal Roofing & Sheet Metal Co.
4609 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio, 44102
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday