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Best Questions to Ask a Roofer Before Hiring

questions to ask rooferMost people only purchase a new roof a few times in their lives, so it’s normal to feel uncomfortable with the process. While it’s important to only trust reputable contractors who are preferably members of the Colorado Roofing Association, knowing the best questions to ask a roofer when you receive estimates will help eliminate uncertainties and flush out problems before the job.

Any reputable roofing contractor will answer any question you pose. Never walk away from a meeting with an estimator feeling as if you aren’t clear about any of the processes or costs of your roofing job. The six best questions to ask before hiring a roofer include:

  • Are you licensed and insured? Avoid fly-by-night storm chasers and unskilled roofers by only selecting companies who are licensed. Protect your home and your liability by working with contractors who carry general liability insurance to protect your home and worker’s compensation insurance to protect you if a worker is injured on the job.
  • Do you use subcontractors? If a roofing company doesn’t use its own employees for the job, there’s no guarantee they’ll be skilled, licensed or insured if they’re not employees of the company you deal with.
  • How do you clean up your job site? Replacing a roof is only half of the job. Removing layers of shingles if necessary as well as sheet metal scraps, nails and pieces of roofing material can make or break a roofing project. Learn how your company plans to remove it as well as protect your landscaping from debris.
  • Can I contact references? Any time a roofing company can’t offer names of satisfied customers who are willing to vouch for it, it’s a red flag.
  • Do you provide a warranty? Roofing materials are covered by manufacturers’ warranties, but only if installed correctly. You roofing contractor should warranty its labor to provide you with full protection.
  • Do you offer a written estimate? Your written contract should include costs of materials, labor and necessary building permits, workmanship and materials warranties and proof of the contractor’s license.

While these are the best questions to ask a roofer before you hire one, they’re not the only ones your estimator should be able to answer. Questions about timing, length of the job and logistics should all be considered.