Choosing a roofing contractor to hire is a big deal. You’ll be letting this person and their crew in your home and allowing them to handle one of the most significant home improvement projects you’ll ever make. The contractor you pick can make your project a success or a nightmare.
It’s important to do some research so you can hire a roofer who will get the job done right the first time.
13 Questions To Ask A Roofing Contractor
1. Are you local?
The answer here should be a resounding yes. A local roofing contractor will know what local building codes to follow, the right roofing material for your local climate, the paperwork required, and everything else needed to ensure quality roofing work.
2. How long have you been in business?
While every company’s got to start from somewhere, there’s a level of wisdom that comes with age. Don’t be shy to ask the contractor how long they’ve been in business. A roofing contractor who has been plying their trade for ten years has “seen it all” and is more likely to have a proven track record and a reputation to uphold.
3. What training and experience does the crew have?
Roofing materials manufacturers provide factory-certified training programs to distinguish quality roofers from the knock-offs. The contractors must pass strict requirements to be factory-certified.
Moreover, the contractor must commit to ongoing training to keep up with all the latest developments in roof repair, installation, and maintenance.
4. What past customers can I talk to?
A credible roofing contractor should have no problems providing references when you ask for them. If you ask for a list of past customers and the roofer sprints away, run in the opposite direction. Talking to past customers can clue you into what to expect of the contractor’s workmanship and professionalism.
5. When would you be able to schedule my job?
Some things must be done before the work can begin. Permits have to be acquired, and materials have to be ordered. The contractor may be working on other projects. The weather may not be ideal. It’s good to have a basic idea of when you can expect your job to be scheduled.
6. What is the project’s timeline?
The time it takes to replace a roof typically depends on the size and complexity of the roof. A roofing contractor should be able to give you a realistic timeline for the completion of the project. They should also explain how any complications will be addressed.
7. Are you licensed and insured?
Most states require roofing contractors to be licensed. It’s important to research the code requirements in your area and know if the roofing contractor is licensed and insured. At a minimum, the roofing company should have workers’ comp and general liability insurance.
8. Is a building permit required for my project?
A building permit may be required when carrying out work like roof replacement. A reliable roofing contractor should advise you about permit requirements and be willing to pull one on your behalf if needed.
9. What steps do you take to ensure the safety of your workers?
A reputable roofing contractor will commit to the safety of its workers. This typically involves having a safety plan, providing the right equipment, and training workers to handle any roof environment.
10. What steps will you take to protect my property and my family?
With a lot of people, equipment, and material moving around, it’s good to know what measures the roofing contractor takes to ensure the safety of your property and your family.
11. Do you provide a written estimate?
The answer to this question should be a clear yes. You should get a written estimate with details of all the fees and costs involved in the project. This way, you’ll know what you’re paying for.
12. Do you offer a workmanship warranty?
Reputable and experienced roofing contractors always stand behind the work they do. In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, they may offer a workmanship warranty.
13. Will you remove and dispose of the old roof?
Some roofing contractors will save money and time by installing the old roof over the new one. This can lead to more problems in the future. So, you want to make sure the contractor will remove the old roof and dispose of it.
With Adam Vaillancourt Roofing, you can have peace of mind knowing that all your questions will be answered, and we’ll live up to our promises. We take extreme pride in our workmanship, customer service, and ability to work with budgets. Contact us today to learn more and get your free estimate in the Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts areas.