Hiring a roofer you can trust isn't a process to be taken lightly. Your roof, after all, is one of the most important structures of your home.
Knowing what to look for — and what to ask — will ease the challenge of finding a quality roofer. Here are some things to keep in mind when meeting with potential contractors.
Your roofer should have liability insurance and worker's compensation that will protect you in the case of an accident. Liability insurance covers you in case of damage caused by roofers during roof repair or replacement, while worker's comp protects you in case one of the roofer's employees gets injured. Your homeowner's insurance may not cover these types of accidents.
Make sure to get the full name and address of the roofing company. A roofing company that doesn't have a physical location is a cause for concern, and you should move on.
Check with your local licensing office to make sure your roofing contractor's license is up to date and doesn't have any outstanding violations. Licensing requirements may vary by state, and some cities and counties also require your contractor to be licensed.
Some roofers use subcontractors to do part of the job. If your contractor is planning to do so, make sure the subcontractor is insured as well.
Follow up with other homeowners and ask whether or not they're happy with the job performed by your prospective contractor. You can ask contractors for references - although they're likely to provide you only with the names of satisfied customers - and you can visit other residential job sites to check previous roofing work.
The typical roofing warranty lasts for a year but some contractors offer longer warranties. The roofer's warranty covers the work while the manufacturer's warranty covers materials. These are two separate warranties so make sure you ask about both, including the length of each and what's covered.
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