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 business name and do you have a physical office?
First of all, ask the contractor for their full name and complete physical address. If they give a P.O.box number, ask for the physical location. A roofer without a physical office is suspicious, and you shouldn’t waste time dealing with them.
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 provides protection to the homeowner in the event that a contractor’s employee gets injured, and liability insurance saves you from from paying for damages that the roofers cause while at 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 use subcontractors, make sure you know these people as much as you know the roofer, most especially on whether or not they have insurance.
d. Do you have a roofer’s license?
Ask your prospect whether they are licensed by your city or state. Licensing requirements are unique from one state to another. In some cities and counties, contractors should also be licensed. Find out whether you will need a license in your area, and if you do, verify with your local licensing offices to ensure that your potential roofer has an up-to-date license without any outstanding violations. A business license is not synonymous with 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. Will you provide client references?
Ask to see local work sites, and examine some roofing projects they had within the last five 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. Do you provide a workmanship warranty? In general, a roof warranty lasts a year, but there are roofers that provide longer than that. In most cases, the roofer covers the work while the materials are covered by the manufacturing company. These are two different warranties, so specifically ask for the coverage and covered period for each one.