Residential and commercial roofing projects can involve significant costs, so you must only hire an experienced roofing contractor to do the job. Before hiring anyone to work on your home, make sure to do your research, look for customer feedback, request for references, and ask for proof of license and insurance. Moreover, asking the right questions will help you decide which contractor to hire.
Here are things you shouldn’t forget to bring up during your consultation with a roofing contractor.
Are You Licensed and Insured?
In most states, roofing contractors need to obtain a license to work. However, code and requirements vary by state, meaning, it will help to know about the code requirements in your location. Doing so will let you determine whether your prospective contractor complies with your state’s code.
While the law requires roofing companies to provide worker’s compensation insurance to their employees, it’s still better to ask your prospective roofer about this matter. You should also ask them if they carry general liability insurance. In case something wrong happens during your project, your contractor’s insurance will cover for the damage on your property or medical expenses for injuries.
Do You Offer Energy Efficient Options?
With an energy-efficient roof, you can save on your heating and cooling costs. Your HVAC system won’t need to work as hard to cool your home if you have a cool roof. This type of roof usually consists of materials that don’t easily absorb the sun’s heat. Besides keeping your interior comfortable, it is also easier to maintain. Back in the day, cool roofs are typically in light colors but today, darker ones are already available.
Will You Tear Off My Old Roof?
When it comes to roof replacement, you have the choice between a tear-off or an overlay. Many roofers will do a visual inspection of your old roof and decide to just shingle over the existing roof. However, visual inspections may identify issues, such as rotten or sot areas. When left unaddressed, these problems can result in costly repairs in the future. To ensure your new roof lasts long, the old one must be removed and all problems should be fixed.
Are You Bringing a Container for the Used Materials?
A roof replacement will generate a lot of refuse materials, such as old shingles, plywood, nails, and more. Good roofers bring containers to the site for the used materials. Your contractor shouldn’t ask you to provide the container to dispose of the refuse after the installation.
Will You Use Ladder Stabilizers During the Installation?
Make sure your roofer uses ladder stabilizers to prevent damage to your gutters. This equipment will prevent excessive weight in your gutter, protecting the system during the roof installation. If your roofer doesn’t have standoffs and stabilizers, ask how they plan to keep your gutters safe.
Who Will Be In Charge During the Installation?
Before the project begins, you should ask who would supervise on-site during the installation. You must know who the project manager is before any work starts, so you can let them know if you have any questions or concerns.
Can You Provide a Written Estimate?
Make sure that you have obtained a detailed project estimate before signing or agreeing to anything. The quote must include the cost of removing the old roof, installing the new materials and anything that may come up during the project. Also, ask about any hidden costs so there are no surprises after the installation.
For quality roofing repair and replacement services, turn to Your Professional Roofer. We’re here to help with your residential, commercial and industrial roofing needs. Call us at (636) 866 5660 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate.