A new roof for your home is probably one of the largest investments you will make. So it’s important to ask a few questions to make sure you get the most for your money with a job well done. Here is a list of some important questions to ask before you hire a roofing contractor.
1. Are you licensed?
Most states require all contractors to be licensed, but the requirements are different from state to state. This gives you a course of action in the event things go wrong with your roofing project. Check with your local licensing agent and make sure everything is up to date.
2. Can you provide proof of workman’s comp and liability insurance?
Liability coverage will cover your actual property and home should an unfortunate situation occur. For example, your contractor might be welding a component to your roof and your home catches on fire. Or perhaps an employee is injured while working on your property. The contractor’s insurance will cover any medical or property damage bills. Without these coverages, you could find yourself responsible for these costs.
3. Do you provide a written estimate?
Before you sign any contracts, no matter how well written, you will want a written estimate first. This estimate should be itemized in detail. This should cover removal of your existing roof, labor and material costs, and anything that may add to the costs of the original estimate.
4. How will you protect my yard and landscape during the project?
You don’t want additional costs added to the budget for repairs to your lawn and landscaping. Have a discussion with your contractor regarding potential problem areas. This should include where equipment will be placed, patterns of traffic and more.
5. Do you provide waste container? Where will it be placed?
Material waste is part of any repair/replacement project. What should be important here is who will pay for the container and more importantly where will it be placed?
Many homeowners are faced with expensive repairs once the roofing job is completed. This can be for driveways and other areas of your home due to the intense weight of a waste container.
6. How will you protect my home from damage?
Without the proper equipment, your gutters, and surrounding areas of your home are prone to damage from ladders. Be sure to ask what precautions your contractor will take to protect your home during the project.
7. How much will plywood cost if a piece needs to be replaced?
This isn’t always something that can be discovered during an initial inspection. In most cases, damaged or rotted plywood is found once the existing roof is removed. In this case, you want to know what to expect in this common situation.
8. What kind of warranty is offered?
In general, warranties are for 25 years or more regardless of the type of shingles you use. Make sure your contractor is clear about coverages, and ask for a copy of the warranty in writing.
9. How long have you been in business?
A company with a short history isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Everyone has to start from somewhere. However, it’s important to look into younger companies further to make sure you are going to get quality service and superior workmanship.
10. Can you provide references?
It’s common for contractors to provide references from customers they know are satisfied with their work. Instead, ask for the three most recent projects for references. Talking with recent clients can give you a great indication of what to expect from your potential roofing contractor.