Questions to Ask Your Roofer
Getting a new roof is an exciting venture, but before you get started, make sure you have the right questions to ask your roofer. Finding the right professional for the job is well worth the investment in time and research.
Think about what you need to know to hire a qualified roofer, and then ask the questions that will give you the answers. Here are perhaps the most important five:
How long have you been in business? The answer to this question not only gives you insight into the roofer’s experience but also their financial stability. A financially stable, well established roofer will have good credit and relationships with banks and vendors. They will be able to receive timely delivery on materials necessary for your job and leave nothing in the way of completing your roofing job on schedule. They will also probably have an established physical address and phone number which may come in handy if any problems arise.
Are you licensed, bonded and insured? One of the most important questions to ask your roofer is if they are licensed, bonded and insured. A reputable roofing contractor will have an up-to-date roofing contractor license from the state. They should be able to easily produce this information. Some businesses, like Pro-Home Services, has it readily available on their website. A bonded roofer provides a surety against monetary loss if the roofing professional fails to fulfill the contract. Your roofer should also have workers’ compensation and liability insurance, which would protect the homeowner in the event of an accident during the job.
What does your estimate cover? There are many considerations that go into a roofing estimate, but it should be comprehensive and cover every area of the project. A well-done estimate will include a scheduled start and end date, the kind of materials to be used as well as cost brake down for all additional items (ex. Attic fan, windows, etc.). If your job entails an insurance claim, the roofer should be able to help you determine how much the claim should be and how much you will owe (if any) out-of-pocket.
Do you guarantee your work? The better roofing contractors offer a guarantee of some kind on their workmanship. The Pro-Homes workmanship guarantee is in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty offered by the products we install.
What safety precautions do you take? Safety should be a top priority for any contractor and it’s a worthwhile question to ask your roofer. Better roofers use harnesses to keep their workmen safe while up on the roof. Tarps and other protective measures can keep landscaping and property landmarks unscathed during the teardown and installation. While it is always best to schedule your roofing job when the activity level at your house is at its lowest, it is also good to have the roofer taking the safety of your family and your property seriously.
While there are many questions to ask your roofer before they actually begin the job, the most important thing is to find a professional who you trust, and who you are comfortable working with. If you are looking for a well-established roofer, who is licensed, bonded, insured and guarantees their work, contact Pro-Home Services for an estimate today.