Whether it’s a full replacement or repair work, you want to make sure that you hire the best roofing contractor for the job. An inexperienced or careless roofer can cost you time and money in the long run.
So, how do you know whether a roofer is right for your job? Asking the following questions will help.
1. Do you have a license?
Licensing requirements for roofing contractors vary by state and even by city and county. First, check to see whether a license is required in your area and then check with your local licensing office to make sure the roofer’s license is up to date.
2. Do you have insurance?
As a homeowner, you need to protect yourself in the event of an accident during roofing work on your house. The roofing contractor you choose should have workman’s compensation and liability insurance that protects you in case a roofing employee is injured on the job. Liability insurance protects you from damage caused by roofers during the roof replacement or repair.
Check with your insurance company as well; many homeowner’s policies don’t cover medical bills and other costs if a roofer is injured.
3. Do you use subcontractors?
Some roofing companies use subcontractors – instead of full-time employees – during part or all of a roof replacement or repairs. If so, make sure to ask if the subcontractors are insured and, if required, licensed.
It’s also a good idea to ask about the crew’s experience and what kind of training they’ve had. While there are no specific training requirements for roofers, it’s important to know how much experience they have.
4. Do you have references?
Interviewing a roofing contractor is like interviewing a potential employee for most other types of work. That is, it’s important that they have references – including addresses of other residences and job sites where they’ve done work.
You should also talk to homeowners and ask whether they’re happy with roofing work completed by the contractor you’re thinking of hiring.
5. Do you offer a warranty?
A typical roof warranty lasts for a year, but some roofing contractors offer longer warranties. In any case, you should ask how long a roofer guarantees their work.
There are usually two warranties associated with the work: the manufacturer covers materials while the roofer’s warranty covers the work. Ask the roofer about the length of each warranty and their overall coverage.
In short, it’s essential that you do your research and ask the right questions before you hire a roofer. You’ll ensure that the job is done right and that there won’t be any unwanted “surprises” along the way.