10 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Roofing ContractorApr 25, 2018
Picking an ideal roofing contractor can be a confusing and stressful ordeal. Hiring the right roofer can save you a lot of money and ensure you stay stress-free. Consequently, you want a roofer that is experienced and reliable. Below are 10 questions you should ask before hiring a roofing contractor:
Are you licensed?
Most of the states will require that a roofing contractor is licensed. Codes and requirements will, however, differ depending on your state. You should, therefore, understand the code requirements for your area. Only work with contractors who are licensed in your area’s codes. Ensure that the license they hold is valid and up to date.
Do you have workman’s comp and general liability insurance?
Roofing companies are required by law to offer workman’s compensation insurance to all their employees. Nevertheless, some companies would want to circumvent this requirement, so it helps that you make sure your contractor is covered. Also, verify that they have general liability insurance which covers damage to your property as a result of their work.
Are you local?
Make sure the contractor has an office near your locality. Local roofing companies know more about your area and the particular environmental conditions and thus are better suited at installing and repairing your roof.
Do you have good references?
It is always a good idea to know what others customers said about them. You could even ask for a gallery of past customers to sample their previous work. You should search online for reviews on sites such as Google and Facebook.
Are your warranties any good?
You should receive at least a 25-year warranty on any type of shingling product. Anything less is a rip-off.
Do you work with subcontractors?
Some contractors usually hire subcontractors for the roofing work. You want to know who will be working on your roof and who you are paying. Ensure that the subcontractors have workman’s comp and general liability insurance.
Will you clean up after you are done?
You will want to make sure that your contractor will pick up garbage and excess debris like dropped nails and shingles left by the roofing crew. You don’t want your kids running into rusty nails scattered all round your yard.
Will you remove my old roof?
It is always a bad idea to shingle over an old roof just because everything looks okay. In most cases, the old shingles hide soft and rotten spots which might be costly to repair afterward. It is advisable that the old roof should be removed before putting on a new one. This ensures all problems have been identified and addressed.
Will someone be on site for me to talk to?
Insist that you deal with an on-site project manager that you can direct all your queries and concerns to.
Will you give me a written statement?
Before you get into business, always ensure the contractor provides a written statement. It will come in handy down the road. Get a concise, written statement detailing the cost or removing your old roof, installing the new roof and any other cost during the work.
And it’s a wrap. Finding a roofing contractor is definitely not the easiest of tasks. These questions are great guidelines and if the contractor can satisfactorily answer them, and you have a good feeling about them, you should consider hiring them.
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