Hiring a Roofing Contractor: Best Questions You Should Ask Your Roofer
Before you hire someone to fix, replace, or work on your roof, be sure you take the time to ask them these questions.
What Is Your Full Name and Your Company’s Name and Information?
Take the time to get the full name, address, and phone number of the company or the contractor. This gives you the ability to look them up to ensure that they have the right insurance and permits to work in your area. It also allows you to check out references easier, and follow up with them after you receive your quote.
Are You Licensed?
Not every state requires licensing. Check with your town hall or state government if you are unsure if your state requires it. If they do, then any roofer you hire should be licensed and able to provide you with a copy.
Do You Have Insurance?
The roofing contractor you are considering should have worker’s compensation, as well as liability to protect you in the case of an accident. Without this type of insurance, you could be responsible for medical bills should an accident occur.
Do You Use Roofing Subcontractors?
If your roofer uses roofing subcontractors, remember to redirect these questions to the subcontractors as well, particularly whether or not they have insurance.
Do You Have References?
A good roofer should be able to provide you with several references, as well as examples of past work. Take the time to call at least two or three of these references so you can find out exactly what the quality of their work is like.
Do You Have a Warranty?
Any good roofing contractor should offer a warranty on their work. Be sure to get this in writing before they begin. Remember that any warranty they offer should be separate from a manufacturer’s warranty, which only covers the quality of the materials they use.
Will You Remove My Old Roof?
Some cut rate roofers will volunteer to put new shingles on over your existing roof, even if you already have two or more layers installed. The longest lasting roof jobs remove the existing roof first, then apply the new shingles.
Are You Going to Install Drip Edge?
Drip edge is a sheet of metal installed beneath the shingles on the edge of your roof. It extends past the roof and allows water to run straight into your gutters and not onto your soffit and fascia where it could cause them to rot.
Will You Use Ladder Stabilizers to Protect My Gutters?
Without ladder stabilizers, your gutters could be dented or even pulled away from the roof by the weight of the ladder. Make sure that your roofer uses them to protect your gutters from damage.
Do You Bring a Container to Dispose of Old Materials and Waste?
If your roofer is removing the old roof, they should be responsible for cleaning it up as well. This includes a refuse container. They should also let you know ahead of time where they will be placing it.
What Will You Do if Inclement Weather Strikes While You’re Working?
Make sure your roofer has a plan to cover up the job site with tarps or plastic to protect your home from rain or water damage if inclement weather were to occur before they could finish the job.
Do You Provide a Written Estimate?
Get everything in writing before the roofing contractor begins. This should include exactly what they plan to do, how long it will take, and what the job will cost you when they are through. If a roofer refuses to put things in writing, it’s a sign you should look elsewhere for someone to do the job.
Northern Virginia Roofing has been doing business in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC since 1963. NVR is a second generation, family owned and operated company, we’ve had the same phone number since 1980, and have successfully completed well over 40,000 projects. We have won over 30 National Awards for Consumer Protection, Training Excellence, Installation Excellence as well as President’s Club Awards. At least 50% of our business is referral based, and we have one of the best warranties in the business – 25+ years.
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