Your roof protects your home, as well as your most valuable possessions, including your family. Therefore, you should want only the best roof. That is why it is essential to ask some important questions before you hire a roofing contractor.
No matter if you are getting a new roof or having roof repair done, it is vital that you ask your roofing contractor these questions.
- Can you provide me with your full name and address? It is not uncommon for businesses to have Post Office boxes. However, it is still a good idea to find out what their physical address is. If they can not provide you with a physical address, that is a red flag. If they do provide this information, go to the Better Business Bureau site and find any information you can about them. You can also look on social media sites or review sites.
- What sort of insurance does your company have? A roofing contractor should not only have liability insurance but worker’s compensation as well. Liability safeguards the homeowner from damage created by the roofing company employees during roof repair or replacement.
If a roofing contractor does not have workers’ compensation insurance, the homeowner could be liable for medical bills and other expenses related to the injury. In addition, your homeowners’ insurance might not cover these kinds of mishaps.
- What sort of license do you have? Are they licensed in your city, state, and county, as every place differs in what licensing requirements are? Ask who the license holder is, then check up to see if that licensed person has any violations and if they are up to date on the license.
- What type of warranty, if any, do you offer? Most roof warranties will last for 12 months. But others might have a longer warranty. There should be two warranties that the company offers- one for the materials (which is covered by the manufacturer) and one for the work completed.
- How long have you been in business? A business that is just starting out is a turn-off to some. Yet some newer roofing contractors do a better job than ones that have been in business for years. This is a question that is nice to know, as experience, in many cases, can justify hiring a specific company.
- Can you ensure the project will be on time? Life happens, and some things can not be helped. Yet your roofing contractor should be able to provide you with a timeline of when things will be completed by, adding in any extra time for delays in materials and adverse weather.
- Can you give a written estimate? Not all surprises are good! Especially if the surprise is several hundred more than what you were quoted. This quote should include labor, materials, and anything else that is needed for the completion of a new roof or roof repair.
- Do you have any past clients I may speak with? It is perfectly acceptable to ask the contractor if past clients have permitted them to give you their contact information of theirs so potential customers can speak with them about their work.
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