Whether you need a new roof, a new gutter system, an addition, or some general remodeling, it’s likely that your home maintenance or renovation will cost you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. With that kind of investment, it’s crucial to get things done right the first time and that you’re not dealing with a fly-by-night contractor who could disappear after they collect your hard-earned money. Since we’re a roofing contractor, it’s natural to assume that we’ll be biased and inclined to feel that our work is the best in the area (so do our customers), but don’t worry! We’re here today to bring you an objective third-party that uses data from authority figures in the construction industry to judge the reliability and quality of contractors. We’re talking about BuildZoom.com, a company with hard data on contractors in your area. We’re going to talk about why BuildZoom’s rating system is so trustworthy below.
If you’re looking to have any project around the house done, we highly recommend that you do a great deal of research on your chosen contractors. It’s easy to get a feel for the quality of the work that each contractor produces by using BuildZoom’s simple point-rating system. Each contractor is evaluated and given a score based on reliability, time in business, quality, and customer satisfaction. Here’s what makes BuildZoom superior to many other contractor review sites:
- BuildZoom uses data from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), which exists to protect consumers from fraudulent and below-board businesses. They collect each contractor’s BBB rating and other information for use in their unique scoring system. Slate & Slate Roofing has an A+ rating with the BBB.
- TheyÂ collect information on contractors’ general liability insurance and bonding agent in order to decide how well-protected customers would be if a disaster were to occur on your project. If a company isn’t bonded and insured, RUN!
- Their point system also verifies contractor licenses. It is vital to make sure that your contractor is licensed in your state.Â It is illegal for any roofer to perform work on your roof without the proper license in Oregon. Be sure to check with your local city, county, and state government if you live elsewhere to learn about licensing requirements for roofers.
- They pull building permit information from the Construction Contractors Board to verify work that the company has done. This is a very reputable organization.
- BuildZoom calculates company age into the equation. Sometimes bad companies can last for awhile, but that’s not often the case. According to research by The Small Business Administration, “About half of all new establishments survive five years or more and about one-third survive 10 years or more. As one would expect, the probability of survival increases with a firm’s age. Survival rates have changed little overÂ time.” There are many advantages to working with a contractor that has withstood the test of time. To name a few, that contractor is more likely to be around down the road if you need to have more work done on your home or have questions about the work that was done. That company is also more likely to have a plethora of references available for you to talk to to verify the quality of their work. Additionally, it shows that the company is managed responsibly. Companies that are irresponsible don’t usually last for long. With that in mind, Slate & Slate Roofing has been one of the best Salem roofers since 1992!
You may have noticed on our home page that we proudly show off our standing with BuildZoom. BuildZoom ranks Slate & Slate Roofing to be a superior roofing contractor to over at least 62,105 other contractors in Oregon. We’re in the 99th percentile of all Oregon contractors! Not only have our excellent work records proven that we’re one of the top Oregon roofers, but we’re also a better company than so many other flooring companies, general contractors, and window companies, to name a few.