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. In so doing, interview each prospect you have, making sure to six five crucial questions.
a. What is your complete business name and do you have a physical office?
First of all, ask the contractor for their full name and complete physical address. If you get a P.O.box number, let them provide details of their physical location. A roofer without a physical office is suspicious, and you shouldn’t waste time dealing with them.
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 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.
Without workman’s’ compensation coverage, you as the homeowner may end up forking medical bills and other costs related to 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. Are you a licensed roofer?
Determine whether your potential contractor if holds a city or state license. Licensing requirements can be unique according to the state. Roofers may also have to obtain a city and national license. 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 should not be confused with a roofing contractor license. A business license is merely for tax purposes and identification. It does not guarantee that the person has passed a test or has roofer qualifications.
e. Will you provide client references?
Ask for local project sites where you can drop by, and check some roofing work they’ve done in the last 5 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. Do you provide a workmanship warranty? In general, a roof warranty lasts a year, but there are roofers that provide longer than that. The manufacturer typically covers the materials, while the roofer takes care of the work. These are two distinct warranties, so let the roofer explain the coverage and ask what period is covered for each one.