What to Ask Your Prospective Roofing Contractor

A poor roofing job can be a disaster in terms of costly future repairs and leaks, so spend time and energy finding the right one for your project. When interviewing prospects, make it a point to ask six crucial questions.

a. What is your complete company name and physical address?

First things first, ask for the roofer’s full company name and address. If they give a P.O.box number, ask for the physical location. A contractor that has no physical location is likely a scam and should be stricken off your list.

b. Are you insured?

Roofing contractors need to have workmans’ compensation and liability insurance to protect their clients against accidental injuries or damages. Workers’ compensation gives protection to the homeowner in case a contractor’s worker gets hurt, and liability insurance frees you from financial liability for damages the roofers may cause as they work.

If your contractor has no workman’s compensation insurance, you may end up being responsible for medical bills and other expenses arising from the injury.

c. Do you have subcontractors in your team?

If they do use subcontractors, make sure you know these people as much as you know the roofer, most especially on whether or not they have insurance.

d. Are you a licensed roofer?

Know whether your prospective contractor has a city or state license. Licensing requirements can be unique according to the state. Cities and counties may also require a roofer to be licensed. Check whether a license is needed in your area, and if so, inquire from your local licensing offices if your prospective roofer’s license is current and holds no outstanding violations. A business license should not be confused with a roofing contractor license. A business license is merely for tax purposes and identification. It is not an assurance that the person has passed an exam or is qualified to accept roofing projects.

e. Will you provide client references?

Ask to see local work sites, and examine some roofing projects they had within the last five years. You can also request for references, but previous customers may not want to divulge their personal information, or the contractor could cherry pick a few pleased clients. Follow up with these folks and ask whether they would confidently recommend the contractor.

f. Will you offer a warranty for the roofing work? A roof warranty is generally for a year, although some roofers may extend this period. In most cases, the roofer covers the work while the materials are covered by the manufacturing company. These are two distinct warranties, so let the roofer explain the coverage and ask what period is covered for each one.

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