What to Ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring One
A bad roofing job can costly huge in leaks and repairs in the future, so be sure to spend time and effort searching for the right roofer. When interviewing prospects, make it a point to ask six crucial questions.
a. What is your full business name and where are you physically located?
First things first, ask for the roofer’s full company name and address. If you get a Post Office box number, make sure they tell you their physical location. If the roofing company doesn’t have a physical location, consider that a red flag and move on to your next prospect.
b. Are you covered by worker’s compensation and liability insurance?
Contractors should have both liability and workmans’ compensation insurance to protect their clients in case of an accident. Workers’ compensation provides protection to the homeowner in the event that a contractor’s employee gets injured, and liability insurance saves you from from paying for damages that the roofers cause while at 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 hire subcontractors, ask these people the same questions you asked the roofing subcontractor — especially the part about insurance.
d. Do you have a roofer’s license?
Ask your prospect whether they are licensed by your city or state. Licensing requirements are unique from one state to another. Cities and counties may also require a roofer to be licensed. See if a license will be required in your area, and if so, ask local licensing offices if the roofer’s license is update and has no outstanding violations. A business license is not synonymous with a roofer’s 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. Can you provide homeowner references?
Ask to see local work sites, and examine some roofing projects they had within the last five years. You can ask them for references too, but some people don’t want their private information released, or the roofer may pick a few happy customers. 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 different warranties, so specifically ask for the coverage and covered period for each one.