Hiring a roofing contractor is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make for your home. Few projects have greater impacts on energy efficiency, long-term habitability, and homeowner peace of mind. Roofing can often feel like something you need but take for granted, as people rarely comment on how nice your roof is. Being such an important part of your home, you need a pro who will install, repair or replace correctly. Here is a list of questions that can help you save money and aggravation when it’s time to put on a new roof.
Are you licensed and insured?
The first thing you should ask a roofing contractor is if they’re licensed and insured.
Licensed: Contractors should be licensed in that country to work. This way, you know you are working with a roofer who will comply with the appropriate codes. Knowing whether they are licensed and whether that license is up to date, will give you legal recourse if something goes wrong with the work.
Insured: All contractors should be fully insured with general liability and workman’s compensation. Some contractors might choose to work without and take their chances, but if the injury happens on your property, there’s a risk you could be held liable for the medical expenses, which no homeowner wants. Protect yourself by making sure that the roofing company you’re hiring offers insurance to their employees.
Is your business local?
When looking at roofing contractors to hire, you must pick one that’s local to your area. Always ask a roofing contractor where their physical office location is and make sure you get their phone number. This ensures you know where to find them if you ever have a problem with your roof.
How long have you been in business?
Make sure you choose a contractor that’s established and has a strong history in your area. The longer a roofing company has been in the business doesn’t only make them a better option, but it also assures you they’ll be around in case of a problem.
What is the warranty on your work and products?
There are usually two different warranties involved with roofing projects. One is on the work of the roof provided by the roofing company and the other is a warranty on the materials used provided by the manufacturer. Be sure to ask what is covered under each warranty and how long the warranties last.
Can you give me references?
Getting references from a contractor is crucial to hiring the right one. Ask your contractor to provide you with references from jobs completed in the past 3 to 6 months. A reputable roofing contractor will be happy to give you these references when you ask for them.
How do you protect my property?
It is crucial to your peace of mind to ask a roofing contractor what steps they take to protect your lawn, landscaping, light fixtures, etc. Anytime you have work done on your roof, a roofing contractor should do everything possible to protect your property.