Although your roofing system is designed to effectively protect your home, family, and valuables from the elements, you probably know it won’t last forever. Regular wear and tear or weather damage may cause your roof to require repair or replacement at some point. Hiring a professional roofing contractor can ensure everything is done right the first time. But how can you be confident you’re hiring the right person for the job? Here are 14 questions to ask your roofer before signing anything:
1. Are you local to me?
It’s always best to work with a local company since they understand the unique challenges roofs in your area face. Besides, they will be around for years and can come to your aid when you need emergency or maintenance services in the future. A local contractor also builds a history with you and your roof, so they can know what to fix and when it’s due for fixing.
2. How long has your company been in business?
Roofing companies who offer poor quality service don’t often stay in business for long. By hiring a roofing contractor who has been in business for several years, especially in the same community, you can rest assured they have a solid record of quality workmanship and customer satisfaction. They will likely strive to maintain the same reputation for several years to come.
3. Who will be installing my roof: employees or sub-contractors?
It’s good to know whether the roofing contractor uses sub-contractors or not. If they do, check to ensure they’re credible and trustworthy.
4. What experience and training does the crew have?
Although the roofing company might demonstrate solid experience, ensure the crew is equally experienced.
5. What previous customers can I talk to?
A reputable roofer should be happy to share contacts of previous customers to give you firsthand information about their services. It’s a great indicator of how your roofing project will go. Alternatively, you can find the information online.
6. When would you schedule my job?
A trustworthy roofing contractor will schedule your project at an appropriate time and honor their promise. If they take you round in circles or try to evade a solid commitment, it’s time to move to the next option. A reputable roofer should give you a precise schedule on when the project will begin and when it will end, barring any inclement weather.
7. How long will my project take?
Most roof replacement projects often take a day to complete. But if you have a large roofing system or one with many complex features, the work may take a little longer. Your roofing contractor should be upfront about any factors that may impact how long the job takes.
8. Do you have proper licensing, certification, and insurance for your crew?
Make sure your roofer has the proper licensing and certifications. They should carry adequate insurance and worker’s compensation insurance for their crew. Additionally, they should be certified to handle your specific type of roof. Be sure to ask for proof of these.
9. Does my project require a building permit and, if so, will you pull one?
Roofing jobs often require the same permit as other major works on your home. As long as you’re doing major home remodeling projects, such as roof replacement or making structural changes, you need a building permit. Ask the roofer if your project will require a permit and if they are pulling it on your behalf – typically, they should.
10. What precautions do you take to ensure the safety of your workers?
Inquire about the safety precautions your roofer takes to prevent accidents during your roofing project. A trustworthy company cares about its workers and will ensure proper training, safety equipment, and insurance.
11. What precautions do you take for the safety of my home and my family?
A good roofer cares about the safety of your family as well as your property. They might ask you to clear the area around your home, cover grass and other plants, move your car across the street, or even take down fragile wall hangings to prevent damage while working on your roof.
12. Do you provide a written estimate?
Always demand a written estimate before signing any agreement with your roofing contractor. It should detail all the fees and costs associated with the roofing project. A written estimate will typically safeguard you from any surprise bills down the line.
13. Do You Offer a Workmanship Warranty?
A roof replacement project is a huge investment. You want to work with a roofing contractor who offers a workmanship warranty to back their work. Ask which kind of warranty your roofer offers and how long it lasts and if there is any manufacturer’s warranty on your roofing materials.
14. Will You remove and dispose of the old roof?
It’s always best to work with a roofer who will get rid of your old roof and debris generated during the tear-off and installation process. Finally, the roofing team should clean around your property and pick up any stray nails using a magnet.
Red Diamond Is Here To Help!
If you’re looking for a dependable local roofing contractor in the Denver and Fort Collins area, look no further than Red Diamond. With unmatched quality workmanship and several years of roofing experience, we offer high-quality roofing installation, repair, and replacement while taking great care of your property. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!