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posted: 9/17/2012 5:00 AM

Ask right questions when hiring roofer

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We read recently in this newspaper the report about a roofing contractor arrested. It really shows that homeowners, building owners and managers still need to choose wisely when hiring a roofing or any contractor to work on their building. Easier said than done? Here are a few tips.

Check the contractor's license with the state of Illinois' website. Be sure it's for the trade they are stating. Are they members of the local trade association? Does their website have credible claims? Are they insured with workers' compensation, finished products insurance as a roofing contractor? Did the contractor provide a written proposal? What education does the workforce have?

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Construction is a complicated industry, and buying contracting services today is not easy. Most of us buy maybe one roof in a lifetime. What product is best for flat, steep, shingle roofs? What colors? What are the minimum building and energy code requirements? This can be daunting without day-to-day knowledge.

There are professional roofing contractors in the Chicago area. Ask the right questions, do some homework, and you'll find them. We hope you choose wisely for your next professional roofing contractor to get you successfully through the process.

Bill McHugh

Executive director

Chicago Roofing Contractors Association and the Chicagoland Roofing Council

Hillside

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