15 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Roofer

15 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Roofer

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They must also meet strict standards, including:

  • All required local and state licenses.
  • Insurance coverage for general liability.
  • Excellent Customer Service.
  • Workmanship Inspection.

The majority of homeowners will start by making a list of between two and five roofing contractors. They then meet with two or three of them before deciding who to hire.

You can start by searching for qualified roofers on the internet or asking friends and family to recommend roofing contractors. However, this may not provide you with all the information needed to determine who is qualified.

15 Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Roofer

You should not rely on gut feelings or recommendations to make a decision. Here are 15 questions that can help you choose the best roofer for the job.

  1. Can they provide you with a detailed understanding of their experience in the roofing industry? Consider this conversation with the contractor as an interview. It’s unnecessary to ask how long the company has been in business, as many owners began their careers with other companies. However, you will want to know the contractor’s total level of experience.
  2. Does your contractor carry insurance? Insurance will help protect you and your home against accidental damage. The certificate of insurance will be provided by professional contractors.
  3. Is the contractor licensed or have other credentials required by your local municipality or state? To find out the requirements, you can call the administrative offices of your city. Contractors should be able to provide you with a copy of their license. You can check with the Better Business Bureau in your area to ensure that the contractor is reputable and has no outstanding issues. All contractors will have problems with their customers. The key is whether they are able to resolve them.
  4. It should also be clarified if there will be any subcontracted work involved.
  5. Do they perform a thorough roof inspection? Your roofing contractor should not only check for storm damage but also conduct a comprehensive roof inspection, including the decking, attic, and flashing, as well as chimneys, soil stacks, valleys, and any other roof penetrations. The best way to estimate the scope of the roof replacement is by examining the entire roof.
  6. Does your contractor ensure that there is adequate ventilation? Do they explain to you the importance of ventilation? The roof should be inspected from the inside of the attic to check if it is functioning properly. Incorrect ventilation can cause damage to your shingles and even lead to dangerous mold.
  7. Does the contractor explain the proper workings of a roofing system? The explanation should include all the component parts and how they interact to provide the best roof performance.
  8. Does your contractor have the ability to explain how ice and rain barriers perform differently for your roof deck? Your roof deck might require ice or water barriers depending on where you live. This will protect your home from ice, snow, and wind-driven rains. Your contractor should be able not only to explain the differences between the products but also to recommend which one is best for sealing your roof deck.
  9. You should ALWAYS have choices when it comes to roofing.
  10. The contractor should also be able to explain who you should contact if you have a problem.
  11. Can they provide references? Professional contractors will be happy to share their list of references. You should contact a few.
  12. Does the contractor have a clear schedule for when they will complete your project? Although weather delays can sometimes occur, you should be able to understand when your project can fit into the contractor’s timetable.
  13. Do you think the contractor communicates well? You should trust your gut instinct about the contractor that you think will be the best fit for your project and for you. You may not be able to communicate well before you start the project.
  14. Do they have written payment terms? Never pay in advance for the roof. The contractor will not expect you to make a deposit on most jobs, especially those that are scheduled quickly. Instead, he or she will require payment upon completion. For large and complex projects, a different payment schedule may be needed. It is important that you are comfortable with the payment arrangement.
  15. Does the contractor provide financing? Consider a contractor that offers financing, not only to secure funding for your project but also as an indicator of the contractor’s financial stability, as lending institutions

This post was written by Reggie Reed! Reggie is a state-certified roofing contractor and co-owner of Reggie Reed Roofing. He is a 4th generation roofing contractor. RR Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing services for residential homes, apartment complexes, condos, commercial buildings, churches, and more. Reggie enjoys dedicating his spare time to helping underprivileged youth in his community and traveling with his family and friends. Click here for more information!