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When you contact a Pinellas County roofing contractor for a roof replacement or repair project it’s always important you are asking the right questions before you sign any contract. Getting the right roofing contractor can be a difficult process especially if you have not gone through the process before. Finding a contractor that exceeds the minimum standards can be important. Here are some of the first seven questions that you should ask any roofing contractor before you sign a contract!
When it comes to choosing a Pinellas County roofing contractor, many will immediately pitch a complete roof replacement rather than looking for repairs first. It could be possible that your roof could simply be repaired in multiple small projects rather than completely redoing your entire roof. Checking for repairs often comes down to how bad the leaks are as well as the overall age of your roof. If you have a roof that has not seen repairs in 20 years, is very likely that you’ll need a complete replacement. If your roof has not received maintenance in five years and there are a few leaks, it’s possible that a few sections of your roof could simply be replaced for an easy repair. Asking your contractor if there is a need to replace your entire roof can let you know just how severe the damage may be.
Asking about references from the contractor can make sure that you can vet their services. Making sure that any roofing contractor has a good reputation as well as verifiable work references will prove their worth as a company. Most roofing contractors have websites up with before and after photos will help you to see the type of craftsmanship they can deliver.
Most roofing replacements or repairs will give you access to some type of warranty. The contractor may provide you with a six month warranty on any repairs or a complete warranty of one to five years for a fixed area of your roof. Many roofing contractors have a 1 to 10 year material warranty as well as a five-year labor warranty on their installs. This can mean that you can simply call the contractor back if there’s ever a problem with your roof within this period of time. This could help you cover some or all of the repair costs if there is a problem.
Any roofing contractor should carry at least the minimum required amount of insurance. You’re taking a chance by letting somebody on your property to work without any type of insurance. The company that’s working without insurance would leave you liable for thousands of dollars in medical bills if someone was injured on your property. Any contractor that you hire should carry a bare minimum of worker’s compensation insurance.
There are a number of contractors that simply operate during times of extensive demand such as after a storm. Just because there is a contractor truck on hand, it doesn’t mean that the company is complete and able to fix a roof competently. If the company does not have a full office or phone number, it’s unlikely the company will provide any future support after the install.
Finding a company that has been in business for several years will ensure that you can get a roof that is a quality product. When working with an amateur business you may find it difficult to receive a quality quote or the best quality of labor either.
Any quote received from a contractor needs to be written and itemized. You should have a detailed list on the quote of everything that is provided as part of the job and a contract stating the completion date. If you agree to everything on a handshake, your contractor could shirk on the scope of the work, the cleanup or even the warranty.
If you would like to work with a reputable roofing contractor in Pinellas County, contact us today!