Are your ceilings damp or do you have puddles on the floor because you have a leak in your roof? Do you imagine handing out helmets to the neighborhood kids before they pass by your house, worried that roofing shingles might fall off?
Sounds like it might be time to get a new roof or repair the one you have. Take the worry out of the hiring process by asking the following recommended questions to any prospective roofing contractor:
- Are you licensed, bonded and insured?Find a company that is licensed, bonded and insured to protect your investment. Licensing proves the company has the know-how to do your job, insurance protects you, the homeowner, from damage that may occur, and the bond protects your financial investment. Be sure to ask them for copies of both their state roofing license and insurance certificate.
- Do you have a local office?Avoid roofing companies that work out of a truck. Having a place of business establishes that roofers are professional and helps guarantee you can find them if there’s a problem down the road. Ask for the company’s full name and address.
- Do you provide written estimates?The written proposal should be detailed and specific, including the approximate start and finish dates of the job and payment procedures. Read through the proposal and ask questions if you come across anything you don’t understand.
- Do you provide a warranty?Without a warranty, you would be out of luck if there were any problems with your roof. Ask about available warranties covering workmanship and/or manufacturer’s materials and read your contract closely to be sure the agreed upon warranty is included.
- Can you provide references?Ask for a list of local references before allowing anyone in or on your home. Contact the references to make sure they are satisfied with the job they received and find out if they encountered any problems. Also, read online reviews, such as Angie’s List.