A Quick Overlook of Roofing – Your Cheatsheet
What to Ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring One
A poor roofing job can costly you dearly in roof repairs and leaks in the future, so you really have to spend time looking for the right contractor. When you do, talk to each prospect and make sure to ask six critical questions.
a. What is your full business name and where are you physically located?
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 contractor that has no physical location is likely a scam and should be stricken off your list.
b. Do you have workers’ compensation and liability insurance?
Roofing contractors need to have workmans’ compensation and liability insurance to protect their clients against accidental injuries or damages. Workers’ compensation will protect you against financial responsibility arising from a roofer’s employee getting hurt, or from accidental damages incurred on the job.
If your roofer has no workman’s compensation insurance, you may have to pay the medical bills and other costs that arise from the worker’s injury.
c. Do you subcontract for certain or all aspects of the job?
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?
Ask your prospect whether they are licensed by your city or state. Different states have different licensing requirements. Cities and counties may also require a roofer to be licensed. Check whether a license is needed in your area, and if so, inquire from your local licensing offices if your prospective roofer’s license is current and holds no outstanding violations. A business license is separate from a roofer’s license. A business license is only there for legal identification and taxation purposes. It does not indicate that the person has passed a test or possesses qualifications as a roofer.
e. Can you provide homeowner 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. Ring these people and ask if they can confidently recommend the roofer.
f. Will you offer a warranty for the roofing work? In general, a roof warranty lasts a year, but there are roofers that provide longer than that. In most cases, the roofer covers the work while the materials are covered by the manufacturing company. These are two independent warranties, so ask the contractor what the coverage and covered period will be under each.