What to Ask Your Prospective Roofing Contractor
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. When interviewing prospects, make it a point to ask six crucial questions.
a. What is your full business name and where are you physically located?
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 roofer without a physical office is suspicious, and you shouldn’t waste time dealing with them.
b. Are you insured?
Roofing contractors need to have workmans’ compensation and liability insurance to protect their clients against accidental injuries or damages. Workers’ compensation will protect you against financial responsibility arising from a roofer’s employee getting hurt, or from accidental damages incurred on the job.
Without workman’s’ compensation coverage, you as the homeowner may end up forking medical bills and other costs related to the injury.
c. Do you subcontract for certain or all aspects of the job?
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?
Determine whether your potential contractor if holds a city or state license. Different states have different licensing requirements. Cities and counties may also require a roofer to be licensed. Check whether a license is needed in your area, and if so, inquire from your local licensing offices if your prospective roofer’s license is current and holds no outstanding violations. A business license should not be confused with a roofing contractor license. A business license only works for tax and legal identification purpose. It is not an assurance that the person has passed an exam or is qualified to accept roofing projects.
e. Can you provide homeowner 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. Call these homeowners and ask if they would be eager to recommend the roofing contractor.
f. Do you provide a workmanship warranty? A roof warranty typically covers one year, but sometimes, roofers provide a longer period. The manufacturer typically covers the materials, while the roofer takes care of the work. These are two different warranties, so specifically ask for the coverage and covered period for each one.