Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. When it’s in good condition, your home will be safe, but even the most well-maintained roofs will need a little TLC eventually.
The best way to care for your roof is to work with an experienced roofing contractor. However, finding a roofing company you can trust isn’t as easy as you might think. You’ll need to shop around to find the best price and the right contractor for the job.
Before you agree to work with a company, make sure you ask them these key roofing questions.
1. Are You Fully Licensed and Insured?
Before you bring a roofing contractor out to your home, make sure they have a valid business license to operate in the area. Roofing is a regulated industry meaning companies and contractors must register with the state to prove that they’re allowed to operate in your location.
Ask for a copy of their license and make sure it hasn’t expired. If they don’t have one, won’t show you a copy of their roofing license, or the license isn’t valid, keep looking.
You also need to make sure they have the right types of insurance in place before they start working on your property. At a bare minimum, your roofer should have liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage for all employees who will work on your roof.
If they don’t have insurance and something happens to your property or one of their employees gets injured, you could be liable for the damages. The last thing you want to do is have to pay unexpected costs on top of the cost of your roof repair or replacement.
2. Will You Be Using Subcontractors?
Some roofing companies use subcontractors to help them complete jobs in a timely manner. It makes it possible for them to handle more jobs and keep clients’ homes safe and secure without having to wait for an appointment.
However, those subcontractors aren’t always protected by the roofing contractor’s insurance policy or certified by their roofing license.
If they use subcontractors, get their contact information and make sure they have the right licensing and insurance in place before you agree to work with the roofer.
Look for a roofing company that has its employees perform all work on your property. This way, you know you’ll be fully protected.
3. Do You Guarantee Your Work?
Most new roofing materials come with a warranty from the manufacturer which covers the cost of repairs caused by product defects. This is great, but it won’t protect you from damage caused by poor workmanship or accidents during the installation.
Ask your roofer whether they provide a guarantee on their work. Reputable companies stand by their regular maintenance, repair work, and full roof replacements. If anything goes wrong with the roof, they’ll fix the damage for you.
If a company doesn’t offer a lifetime warranty, keep looking. You don’t deserve to pay for a repair twice.
It’s also a good idea to ask for references and testimonials from their previous clients. See if they have a few homeowners you can speak with and follow up with those contacts.
If they’re happy with the roofing company’s services, you’ll likely have a good experience working with them, too.
4. What Will You Do with My Existing Roof?
If you’re having a minor leak repaired or getting a missing shingle replaced, your roofing contractor probably won’t need to remove much of your existing roof. However, if you’re getting your roof replaced, you’ll need to know what the contractor plans to do with those old materials.
Some companies install new materials over your old roof. This saves you money and can make the job faster to complete, but it’s not always in your best interest.
If there’s underlying damage, installing new materials on top of your old roof won’t fix the problem. You’ll end up having to pay someone else to fix the problem in the future.
Instead, look for a contractor that tells you they’ll remove your existing roof and dispose of the materials. This way, you’ll get a completely new roof that’s capable of withstanding Denver’s often blustery weather.
5. How Much Do Your Estimates Cost?
Some companies love to nickel and dime you before you even agree to work with them. They’ll charge for an estimate or ask you to pay a fee just for them to come to inspect your roof.
Before you make an appointment with a roofer, make sure they offer free estimates. Use that on-site estimate as a chance to get to know them.
Ask questions. Get them to explain what they think needs to happen for your roof to be in the best shape possible. If anything feels unclear, make sure they answer your questions before they leave.
Whenever possible, try to get the estimate in writing. This will allow you to compare costs quoted by other companies and makes it easier to find a roofer you’re comfortable working with.
Get the Answers to These Roofing Questions
As a homeowner, it’s up to you to interview different roofing companies to find the one that you’re most comfortable with. Use these roofing questions as a starting point and choose a company you can trust.
Base your decision on the quality of their work, their estimates, and their overall experience. When it comes to roofing, you get what you pay for and it’s always better to pay for higher quality workmanship than it is to take chances on a budget contractor.
If you’re ready to give your roof the care and maintenance it needs to keep your home safe and dry, don’t wait. Contact our team and schedule a free estimate with our experienced roofers.