Finding an experienced, trustworthy roofing contractor may sound stressful. Remembering all the important questions you should ask before you hire anyone seems downright overwhelming. Here’s a short list of things to ask your roofer – If they answer “NO” to any of these questions, you may be taking too much of a risk:
1. Are they licensed & insured? Working with an uninsured roofer will end up being costly for you because you might be liable for injuries their crew sustains while they work on your property.
2. Do they have any certifications? Certified roofers often carry higher quality and premium roofing materials along with more robust roofing warranties. Look for roofers whose crews are manufacturer-certified and who participate in training and certification programs regularly.
3. Quality of Materials? High-quality materials are essential. Cheap will be expensive in the long run. Installing a new roof should be seen as an investment. A good roofing contractor doesn’t cut corners with the materials that are used in the roofing project.
4. Are they local? A local roofing company has a proven reputation in your community. They also have in-depth knowledge of what your roof experiences throughout the year, which makes them better equipped to handle any roofing concerns.
5. What about years of experience? Many roofing problems usually start because of poor installation. Ask about the number of years that the company has been operational.
6. Good Communication Skills: A good roofing company should be open and transparent. They should also be reachable when you have questions or concerns about the project. They should advise you on the right roofing materials to choose from, and most importantly, they should listen!
7. What are their COVID-19 Procedures: Right now, this is probably one of the most important items on the list. Fortunately, hiring a contractor and getting an estimate for a roof repair or replacement can be done online or over the telephone. The work itself can be accomplished while observing safe social-distancing practices.