The State of New Jersey no longer requires permits for roofing or siding replacements on single family or twin style homes. Since the state and local municipalities are no longer checking if contractors are licensed for these projects, it is important to do your own research. Go to this link to check on the status on New Jersey home improvement contractors' licenses: https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification_4_6/
Many times the lowest priced estimate is low for a reason. Of course price is a factor, but proper licensing, insurance, and positive reviews are most important. Sometimes homeowners will hire the cheapest contractor they can find and then end up having to pay a reputable contractor to redo the work. If an estimate is remarkably lower than others, the contractor may not carry proper insurance or may use substandard materials, or may even take your money and disappear.
With so many contractors to choose from, just about everyone has a positive or negative experience to share. Friends, family and neighbors are the best people to ask for referrals for their favorite contractor.
With an endless number of YouTube tutorials and online do-it-yourself guides, many household projects can now be completed by just about anyone. However, roofing is not one of them! Aside from the obvious safety issues, there are many aspects that go beyond nailing down shingles. Installing flashing, weaving valleys, and cutting in ridge vent are skills that require extensive training and experience.
If your roofing shingles are defective, it's important to know if you are covered. When hiring a contractor, make sure that they are certified by the roofing material manufacturer to provide you with a warranty. Many shingles manufacturers will only allow their certified contractors to provide extended warranties. Ask your contractor for warranty options to see what works best for your needs.