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What to Ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring One

A bad roofing job can costly huge in leaks and repairs in the future, so be sure to spend time and effort searching for the right roofer. In so doing, interview each prospect you have, making sure to six five crucial questions.

a. What is your complete company name and physical address?

First of all, ask the contractor for their full name and complete physical address. If you get a Post Office box number, make sure they tell you their physical location. A contractor that has no physical location is likely a scam and should be stricken off your list.

b. Do you have workers’ compensation and liability insurance?

Contractors should have both liability and workmans’ compensation insurance to protect their clients in case of an accident. Workers’ compensation gives protection to the homeowner in case a contractor’s worker gets hurt, and liability insurance frees you from financial liability for damages the roofers may cause as they work.

If your roofer has no workman’s compensation insurance, you may have to pay the medical bills and other costs that arise from the worker’s injury.

c. Do you hire subcontractors?

If they do hire subcontractors, ask these people the same questions you asked the roofing subcontractor — especially the part about insurance.

d. Are you a licensed roofer?

Ask your prospect whether they are licensed by your city or state. Licensing requirements can be unique according to the state. Cities and counties may also require a roofer to be licensed. See if a license will be required in your area, and if so, ask local licensing offices if the roofer’s license is update and has no outstanding violations. A business license is separate from a roofer’s license. A business license is only there for legal identification and taxation purposes. It does not guarantee that the person has passed a test or has roofer qualifications.

e. Can you give me client references?

Ask for local project sites where you can drop by, and check some roofing work they’ve done in the last 5 years. You can ask for references as well, but past customers may refuse to release their personal information, or the a contractor may cherry pick a number of satisfied customers. Ring these people and ask if they can confidently recommend the roofer.

f. Will you offer a warranty for the roofing work? In general, a roof warranty lasts a year, but there are roofers that provide longer than that. The manufacturer typically covers the materials, while the roofer takes care of the work. These are two distinct warranties, so let the roofer explain the coverage and ask what period is covered for each one.

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