Asking questions about their experience and work process will help you narrow down the options. It is essential to know if they have an established plan for dealing with post-project issues.
Also, be sure they consider things like soffit and gutter areas when pricing the project. Avoid a contractor who prices the job solely on roof size and damage.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
Performing various roof duties, including inspecting the structure to determine required repairs. Providing clients with estimates on materials and labour costs before beginning any work.
Many black-hat roofing companies try to cut corners by skipping the step of pulling up the old shingles before shingling over them. Unfortunately, this practice can lead to unforeseen problems like soft spots and hidden leaks, costing homeowners thousands of dollars.
A roofer typically has realistic interests and prefers tactile, physical, athletic, or mechanical tasks. They also tend to value independence, stability, and genuineness.
Do You Have Workman’s Comp?
There is no excuse for any roofer not to have worker’s comp. It’s one of the most critical cost-saving measures any business can take. Nevertheless, some roofers hide behind loopholes like “owner/operator” exemption to avoid paying worker’s compensation. It’s a standard way black hat roofers cut corners and overcharge homeowners.
Asking for a deposit before the work begins is another red flag that should trigger alarm bells. Having a written contract and paying at most 25% upfront is essential.
Do You Have a License?
In many parts of North America, roofers must be licensed to work on homes. This means they must have extensive experience in the industry, pass an exam, and obtain insurance. Sometimes, checking a roofing contractor’s license record on your state’s website is possible.
If the roofer says they are licensed, ask them to send you proof of their license, insurance, and a bond. In addition, make sure they are registered to do residential roofing and not commercial.
Many cities and counties require additional licensing, which you can verify on your municipal website. It’s also important to ask whether they will use drip edge metal on your roof, saving you much money in water damage bills later.
Do You Have Insurance?
Some homeowners may be tempted to engage with non-insured or certified contractors, but doing so can leave them open to costly damages. If a roofer does not carry general liability insurance, homeowners can be left footing the bill for medical payments, legal fees, and court-ordered settlements.
Roof work presents a lot of danger, and accidents can occur without the right equipment and safety protocols. Roofer general liability insurance can help cover repair costs, legal fees, and potential workers’ comp settlements if an employee is injured on the job site. It also protects them in the event of property damage caused by their power tools or other work-related equipment. It can even protect them if an individual not employed by the business is hurt at the worksite.
Do You Have a Reference List?
When finding a reliable contractor, word-of-mouth recommendations can go a long way.
When you contact the references, ask how satisfied they were with the project and if they would recommend them. Also, how quickly the job was completed and if any delays occurred.
Another critical question is whether the roofer used steel in the valleys or weaved the shingles. Woven shingles are prone to premature wear and tear, while metal valleys are more durable and last longer. In addition, ask if the roofers used proper nailing techniques to prevent leaks and water damage.
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