How to Select a Roofing Contractor

Follow this checklist to find and hire a reputable roofing professional. 

Quality installation is key to ensuring your roof performs
as expected.


We worked with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) to create this checklist to help homeowners choose the right roofing professional.

Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax ID number and, where required, a business license

Request verification of professional liability insurance.

Look for a company with a proven track record; ask for and check client references and request a list of completed projects.

Verify whether the contractor is properly licensed or bonded.

Insist on a written proposal. The proposal should include complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate start and completion dates and payment procedures.

Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations, such as NRCA.

Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed.

Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures.

Carefully read and make sure you understand any roofing warranty offered; watch for provisions that would void the warranty.

Remember, price is only one of many criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.

A roof can be one of the largest investments you make in your home. It protects everything within and caps off your home’s exterior design and function. Take your time in selecting a roofer who will guide you in choosing the right materials, building a strong roof that will outlast heavy storms, and create a durable cover for your home and property.

Read more of our tips and ideas in the Homeowner Resources section.

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