Gauging Competence: Questions to Ask Contractors

You can only learn so much about a gutter contractor by reading their reviews online; talking with them, even if it’s a quick chat, can help you gauge their level of competence and allow you to make an informed decision.

Read on as Exterior Source, a top home improvement company in the state, suggests asking them any of the questions listed below.

Do They Employ Subcontractors?

Subcontractors are a red flag for any contractor, as they’re a sign that the quality of their work can’t be assured. If a contractor has subcontractors, they’re effectively hiring other people to do work that you paid them to do. And should any problems arise from their work, which is likely to happen in cases like these, you won’t know who’s ultimately responsible for them.

Are All Their Workers Insured?

Making sure your contractors’ workers all have insurance will protect you and your assets from any workplace injury compensation claims in the future. Ask for copies of documents showing proof the workers all have insurance.

Do They Have Experience Installing This Particular Product?

Whether you’re thinking of installing new seamless gutters or vinyl siding, it’s good practice to ask if a contractor has had any experience installing that particular product. This gives you an idea of their level of expertise.

Can They Give a Timeline for Their Work?

Another way to gauge a contractor’s level of competence is by asking them to give you a detailed timeline for your project. If they’re truly experts in their line of work, they should be able to explain the specifics to you. Plus, it’ll help you better monitor their progress.

Do They Have Any Certifications or Awards?

Looking for a contractor’s certifications is arguably the best way to gauge a contractor’s level of competence. A certification is proof they’ve undergone training and passed the stringent standards set by an independent organization.

Exterior Source is a GAF Master Elite® roofing contractor with two and a half decades’ worth of experience. We also offer premium gutter and fiber cement siding options. To get a free quote, call us at (804) 275-5323 or (757) 464-2060 or leave us a message on this form.

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