Hiring a potential contractor is not always easy but when you asked the right questions you can often save money and end up with a professional that’s going to do the job well. Some of the most important questions that you can ask your roofing contractor include inquiries about the insurance, warranty, timeframe, and more. If you’re struggling to come up with the right questions to ask a roofer in the moment, keeping a checklist of some of the most asked questions can help you to prepare for unwelcomed surprises with your roof. Here are some of the top questions to ask a roofer and some of the warning signs to watch for in their answers.
If the contractor is telling you that it’s going to take longer than a week to complete your roof, this could be a sign of trouble. Most roofing jobs take 2 to 3 days on average even with a very large roof. If they are quoting your week, it’s likely that they may have a very small crew or they are inexperienced.
If a company doesn’t have business insurance, it’s probably best not to let them perform work. A company that has proper business insurance will be able to curb some of the liability if there was ever an accident on your property. Without the proper insurance in place, you could end up with problems should anyone ever fall or experience an issue during your roofing job.
Asking about roofing warranties and guarantees for the labor can be an important step to protecting your investment. It’s also important to ask about some of the conditions involved with the installation warranty. Certain things may be voided if there’s a major storm or if you’re not performing regular roofing maintenance. Make sure to assess the value in the warranties that are being given to you from each contractor and choose a contractor with conditions of warranty that will be easiest for you to follow.
Many roofing companies will take a small upfront deposit in order to buy materials for your roof. You should be extremely skeptical if the contractor is asking for their full payment upfront. When contractors seek an immediate upfront payment, this can often be an indication that they are going to disappear completely with your money.
Offering value in the form of architectural shingles, metal roofing or tile roofing options can make sure you are able to get more for your roofing in the future. Rather than replacements for your roofing that just come with roofing shingles, you can have a range of materials that will improve the value of your home and the lifespan of your roofing materials.
Understanding how long a company has been in business is a good indication of the experience that they can bring to your roofing job. If a company has only been in business for several years, they may not be able to offer you the wealth of experience that you deserve. Without a business that has been in operation for a long period of time, you could have less in the way of options for roofing materials, a lesser quality of work, and more.
Getting a full quote and payment structure is very important. When you are working with a contractor that provides you with a full quote including a detailed list of materials, you can see how they arrived at their pricing for the quote. Finding out when you will be responsible for payment can also be important to budgeting and preparing for the future of your roofing needs.
Consider some of these top questions and more if you are interested in getting the best contractor for your roofing job. If you are interested in getting a roofing quote today then contact us!