Roofs offer protection from the elements and security from the outside world. That’s why hiring the right roofing contractor is important to conduct any repairs or replacements. But how can you know you are making the best choice before signing a contract? After all, a lot can go wrong with roof repair, which may cause more issues.
The best thing to do is schedule a conversation with the contractor and get more information about their skill level, processes, and guaranteed deliverables. Ask these 5 questions before signing a contract for roof repair or replacement.
1. Is the Roofing Company Licensed and Insurance? Does Contractor have a license in the city you are in? Are they bonded?
A good roofing contractor must also have liability insurance to cover clients in the event of damage. They should have workmanship compensation insurance to compensate employees if an accident occurs during installation. If they don’t then this liability falls entirely on the homeowner. Make sure all insurance is in the roofing company’s name and not in the subcontractor’s name.
2. How long have you been in business?
Inquiring about the roofing company’s history is not the only way to tell if they provide good work at a reasonable price, but it certainly helps give you an idea. If your contractor has been in business for a while, they should have plenty of customer references and examples of their work to share. Make sure to check Google reviews and BBB to verify good standing and years in business.
3. Do you offer a warranty for your roofing work?
A roof warranty typically lasts for 10 years, but some roofers offer longer warranties. The manufacturer usually covers the materials, and the roofer covers the workmanship. These are two separate warranties, so ask the roofer for the coverage and length of each warranty. Also be sure there is no proration and warranty coverage never changes. Be sure the warranty is transferable if you sell the home.
4. Do they provide written estimates?
You don’t want any costly surprises when it comes time to pay the bill. The contractor should provide a written estimate that considers labor, materials, tax, and haul off with dump fees.
5. What’s their installation process?
A typical roofing contractor will have more than one project going on any given day. The process must provide quality control and a sense of accountability. A reputable roofing contractor will have a project supervisor who will oversee the process. Don’t accept “experienced workers” as a reason for the lack of onsite supervision. A reliable and knowledgeable individual on the job will make for a painless and stress-free installation.
Don’t be afraid to ask these important questions before you agree to any contract. A high-quality roof is a big investment for any home, so ensure you’re getting the right level of service and do your research.