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. 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 things first, ask for the roofer’s full company name and 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 will protect you against financial responsibility arising from a roofer’s employee getting hurt, or from accidental damages incurred on the job.
If your contractor has no workman’s compensation insurance, you may end up being responsible for medical bills and other expenses arising from the injury.
c. Do you have subcontractors in your team?
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. 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 not synonymous with a roofer’s license. A business license is only there for legal identification and taxation purposes. It does not indicate that the person has passed a test or possesses qualifications as a roofer.
e. Can you provide homeowner references?
Ask for local work sites that you can visit, and take a look at some of their roofing jobs over the last three 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. In most cases, the roofer covers the work while the materials are covered by the manufacturing company. These are two independent warranties, so ask the contractor what the coverage and covered period will be under each.