Four Things To Ask A Roofer Before Hiring Him To Do Your Roof

Posted on: 22 March 2018

The roof of your home keeps the weather out and the heat or cool air in. A leak or damage to the roof needs to be repaired as soon as you notice it. Hiring a roofer to climb up there and fix it or replace the roof completely makes sense but how do you know the contractor you are working with has the experience to do the job right? There are some things you should ask the roofer or contractor before the work starts.

1. How Long Has He Been In Business?

Just because the roofer you found has an ad online, a listing in the yellow pages or some other advertising does not mean they are experienced. One of the first questions you want to ask is how long they have been in business and how many roofs have they worked on. It is a question easily worked into the conversation and they should be able to easily give you an answer. A roofer that is just getting started might be okay if you feel like they will do a good job but you need to have some expectation of the experience they have so you know what to expect.

2. What Kinds Of Roofs Have They Worked On?

Why is it important to know how many roofs the roofer has worked on? This is one of those things that defines the experience level of the contractor. If they have worked on hundreds of roofs as an employee and are now starting their own company, it can be a good reason to give them the job. If they have only worked on a few, you might not want them on your roof.

3. Check Their Insurance Status

It is important to check that the roofer who will be on your roof is carrying insurance on themselves and their employees. If someone gets hurt on the job while on your property, you do not want to be liable. If they do not have insurance that covers the crew, you do not want them on your roof. It is simply a matter of protecting yourself against an insurance claim.

4. Check their References

It is okay to ask if they have references. If they have worked on roofs around the area, they should have a few people that are willing to say that they did a good job or that they didn't. In either case, the quality of the work and the professionalism of the crew is reflected in the references. Don't hesitate to ask the contractor if he has references then follow them up. Driving by a home that he just finished is a good way to get a picture of the quality of work the roofer provides.

To learn more, contact a roofing company like Toth Roofing. 

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