The area that you live in may play a vital role in your search for a good contractor, because the area may only house a few qualified contractors and you may have a problem finding one, but you should check online to find ones in your area that are qualified and compare them. You can send for an estimate over the internet or you can interview the contractor over the phone, some contractors are even willing to come to the house, evaluate it and then make their estimates based on the actual damage that they see, rather than what you tell them. Free estimates are also offered by many companies and these estimates can often be requested for and received online.
The licensing for different places will vary as different states in America may have diverse requirements for its roofing contractors. Some states will require additional license and certification if a contractor is going to be working outside the state that he initially got his license. Furthermore some jobs actually do not need any form of licensing apart from the general certification that a contractor would have already held. In Canada, a contractor is normally allowed to work in any province, no matter which one he received his certification in.
What you can do is to check if the roofing contractors actually need any form of roofing certificate in your area, if not, just ensure that they are experienced and at least have a license to operate a business. If no roofing certification is not supplied or needed. Once you have a good contractor, ensure to have their website saved in your browser or written down, also try to get a business card from them so that you have their number at hand. This way you will always be sure that your roofing needs will be met with professionalism and skill and don’t be afraid to refer him or her to your friends and neighbours so that they too can experience the benefit of having their roofs repaired or constructed by a professional.