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Tips & Tools-ECI Construction Inc.

Tips & Tools

  Selecting A Contractor

How to Select a Contractor For Your Protection
“Reputation - Stability - Workmanship”


Bank Financial Stability

Is your contractor financially stable? Can he produce credit references?


General Liability Insurance Certificate - Not "Self-Insured"

You need to know if your contractor carries general general liability insurance for both commercial and residential projects. A sizable contractor will carry no less than $500,000...and usually around $1,000,000 of coverage. If you contractor's insurance policy cannot cover potential damages, then the contractor would be personally liable. If he cannot cover the damages himself, you will again have no legal recourse and will end up paying for the repairs or even a new roof yourself. Over three-fourths of roofing companies do not carry proper insurance coverage to protect you against losses.



Don't be fooled, some might promise you a lien waiver letter, buy you must ask for a waiver of lien when making the final payment.


Current References

All reputable roofers carry pre-printed lists of references…that includes customers from 1 to 5 years ago. Also, ask for suppliers, business references, etc.


Giving Money Up Front:

It is normal for a reputable contractor to request a payment (espically if it is a special order) up front as long as the amount is no more than half of the contract value. A contractor that is doing high volume will often times request a downpayment to make sure they have a portion of their financial exposure covered.  You can request to make your first payment when material is dropped at your home.  Never pay cash and never make your payment to an individual sale rep. Make payments to only in the name of the company.


Check with your local Better Business Bureau 

If your contractor takes the time to join the BBB often times the contractor has a higher level of accountability and usually adheres to a higher standard.


Compliance to Manufacturer Installation
Guidelines Quality Inspection and Warranties

Insist on a final inspection and the manufacturer and workmanship warranties in writing after the job is completed.