If you find a quality roof contractor, you’ll most likely only work with him or her once.
A good roof should last 20 years, minimum. Unfortunately, if you don’t properly vet your roofing contractors, you could get stuck with a poorly installed roof that doesn’t last half as long.
That’s why it’s important to take the time to get to know your roofing contractors and their process. Look at the four questions below to help you figure out if a roofing contractor is right for you.
1. What Type of Insurance Do You Have?
This first question is necessary and can protect you from thousands in unforeseeable costs.
A roofing contractor should have two main types of insurance. The first is general liability insurance. This protects your property in case of accidents.
The second insurance is workers compensation. This protects the workers on your roof. If one of them falls or gets injured, this insurance takes care of all related costs.
However, once again without this insurance, you could be the one at risk.
2. What Warranty Can You Offer Me on My New Roof?
Depending on the materials used, some roofs will last for 40 or 50 years.
A good roofing contractor will feel confident in giving you a warranty. If they can’t give you this warranty, you should find another contractor.
While incredibly important, your warranty should contain more than just the amount of time covered. While incredibly important, the warranty should contain more than just the amount of time covered. It can also include replacing flawed materials, damages done to your home due to improper installation and the cost of labor to fix any defects.
Did you know that you can also add on extra protections into your warranty? If you live in an area with a risk of hail or high winds you should ask your contractor about supplementing your coverage with those extra protections.
3. What Will You Do to Protect My Home and Landscaping?
You’ve worked hard to make your garden and landscaping beautiful; your roof contractor should keep it that way. By asking questions, you’ll be able to see if the contractor respects your property.
Gutters are frequently damaged in roofing, so be sure to ask them about protecting those too.
4. Can You Give Me a Detailed Estimate?
It’s natural for unforeseen costs to arise in roofing. However, a detailed estimate is helpful. It helps keep the contractors accountable for the time and the numbers they give.
Don’t be worried if your roof is a unique shape or size. Experienced contractors have seen and worked on hundreds of roofs. As a result, they have developed the ability to accurately estimate the cost of the process, no matter how different your roof may appear to be.
Don’t ever sign a contract blindly.
Find a High-Quality Roof Contractor
Taking the time to ask these questions will help you find a roof contractor you can trust. Here at the Roof Doctor, we’re happy to take the time to answer our clients’ questions. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.