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What to Ask Your Prospective Roofing Contractor

A poor roofing job can be a disaster in terms of costly future repairs and leaks, so spend time and energy finding the right one for your project. 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. Are you covered by worker’s compensation and liability insurance?

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.

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 have subcontractors in your team?

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. Roofers may also have to obtain a city and national license. 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 should not be confused with a roofing contractor 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 also request for references, but previous customers may not want to divulge their personal information, or the contractor could cherry pick a few pleased clients. Follow up with these folks and ask whether they would confidently recommend the contractor.

f. Do you provide a warranty for workmanship? A roof warranty is generally for a year, although some roofers may extend this period. 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.

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