What does it mean to you when you hear the words “roofing contractor?” It could mean anything from a general contractor with roof installation services, to a company that specializes in installing roofs. The truth is there are many different options and sometimes they can be difficult to decipher. If you need help deciding which type of service will best suit your needs, we have compiled questions for you to ask before hiring any roofing contractor!
What kind of roofing material do you use?
One question that is very important to ask a contractor is what type of materials they will be using when it comes time for installation. The answer can help give an indication if the company specializes in certain types of roofs or not, which we will touch on again later in this post! If you suspect your home may have multiple different roofing systems, make sure their quote includes all options. For instance: It’s common to find metal roofs coexisting with flat tar and gravel roofs or asphalt shingle roofs underneath them both. You’ll want to make sure the contractor is well-versed in working with multiple styles and materials!
Are you licensed?
Yes, we recommend that all roofers should be properly insured and licensed for their respective state(s). Not only does it help protect homeowners from any damages caused during installation (and potential liability), but it also ensures your company is trustworthy! You won’t find many professionals who will work without those credentials; especially those experienced enough to handle large projects like commercial or even government buildings.
If a contractor claims they can install your new roof safely without proper licensing – simply walk away as quickly as possible! It’s probably best not to hire someone unlicensed and uninsured, as your family and home could be at risk. Make sure they are vetted first and foremost for licensing/insurance purposes before even considering them for the job. This ensures you’re working with a trusted company that is always looking out for your best interests!
What kind of warranty is provided?
Roof Warranties vary depending on the type and brand of roofing material used during installation. When it comes to warranties you will find that most companies offering them (especially those who specialize in one or two types) will be more lenient with their coverage for products including metal roofs vs asphalt shingle roofs etc. This means if they are not familiar with a certain product, they may have trouble providing options/coverage within your preferred budget – so keep this in mind when asking about any specific materials! We can say from experience that many contractors prefer using Asphalt Shingle Roofs because the cost-effectiveness combined with ease of use leads to much faster installations.