Looking for a dependable roofing contractor is not an easy task, especially if you are not equipped with the right knowledge. Learn which questions you should be asking your roofer to ensure you are hiring a reputable and qualified company.
Roof replacement and installation is a very serious investment, and perhaps one of the largest investments you’ll ever make for your home. For these reasons and more, it is vital that your roofing company is fully-licensed, certified, and qualified for the job. There are endless independent contractors out there who are inexperienced and unqualified for roof work, yet they will still advertise their services and take homeowner’s hard-earned money, only to leave them with negligent, faulty, or incomplete roof repairs and replacements. In order to separate the true professionals from the crooks, you must know which questions to ask, what to look for in a contractor, and more. Continue reading to do just that!
What to Ask Your Roofer:
What are Your Credentials? Ask your roofer for documentation that proves they are licensed, insured, and qualified for roofing services in your state. If a roofing company is not licensed nor insured, they are not a company you want to hire. A reputable roofing company has top insurance liability coverage in the case that a worker is injured on the job, or that something structural goes wrong. They are also licensed and retain all the necessary documentation to prove their capacity as professional roofers.
How Long Have You Been in Business? Ask about a roofer’s experience. Even if their company is new, and has only been in business for a few years, as individual contractors, they may have decades of professional experience working for other mainstream roofing companies. Although years in business is important and shows that their company is thriving, the actual experience of a contractor is more important. Be sure to choose a company whose contractors have at least 10 years of experience in the construction industry.
Where are Your References? Ask to see a roofing company’s references. This can include client reviews online, as well as, client testimonials, awards, and more. Furthermore, ask them for references of past customers in their particular neighborhood or town, and then call their previous customers to see if they approve and recommend the company. If a contractors seems offended when you ask for references, this is a red flag and should be approached with heavy suspicion. A reputable roofer would be happy to give references, as they are proud of their workmanship and customer service.
What to Avoid:
If you ever have a roofer knock on your door and offer you a deal, politely turn them away and do not answer the door for them again. This is a common scam operation by fly-by-the-night general contractors who are looking to exploit homeowners and take their money. It is a common occurrence after a wide-spread storm damages many homes in the area. The same warning applies to anyone offering any type of work on your home, including siding, driveways, garage doors, and more. Do not be weary of landscapers though! It is a common business practice to go door-to-door.