Critical Interview Questions To Ask Your Roofers
A leaky roof can result in more than sleepless nights. If you don’t address the problem quickly, you could end up with a costly mess.
Shingle Tech in Washington, Missouri, understands how critical it is to find the right roofing contractor.
In today’s post, read about essential interview questions to ask your roofers before your project gets started. Asking the right questions will help you feel confident you’ve hired the best contractor to handle your roofing job.
Best practices before inviting any contractors out to give estimates include pre-screening over the phone. You should ask a few basic questions about each roofing company, including:
- What’s your legal business name?
- How long have you been in business?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- Can you verify your license and your insurance certificate?
Any ethical roofing contractor will not hesitate to answer questions like these about their business. Their answers can help you narrow down which contractors you ask to provide estimates.
Asking About Price
Once you have an estimate in hand, you’ll want to spend time going over the numbers with the contractor. Roofing contractors use several factors when they price a roofing project, including:
- Age of the roof
- Condition of the shingles
- Condition of the roof decking
When going over the estimate, make sure you ask questions about the price of materials and labor. The contractor should itemize to reflect those details, but if they don’t — ask.
Don’t forget to inquire whether their estimate includes tear-off. Unless they install the replacement roof over your existing roof, the installers will need to remove the old roofing materials.
Taking Care of Your Claim
With spring storm season upon us, many residents in Washington will suffer roof damage due to harsh weather.
Most states don’t permit roofing contractors to act on behalf of a homeowner. Your roofer can’t file your claim, and they can’t negotiate with your insurance provider.
What a roofing contractor can do is inspect a roof before the client contacts their insurance company. Shingle Tech is happy to assess roof damage and determine if it’s severe enough to meet the deductible.
This is a question you should ask any contractor—if your damage doesn’t meet your deductible, your insurance company may still count it against you as a claim even if they don’t pay you anything.
Ask About Warranties
The last questions we’ll cover in this post focus on warranties, which can get confusing.
Keep in mind there’s a difference between a warranty on the roofing materials and a guarantee on the roofer’s work.
Roofing materials come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Ask if your roof includes a full system warranty. Also, ask your contractor if they offer quality or labor warranties.
Have More Interview Questions to Ask Your Roofers?
We hope we’ve helped you sort out your thoughts on your roofing project. If you take the time to ask the right questions, you’ll feel more confident when choosing your contractor.
If you have more interview questions to ask your roofers, Shingle Tech has the answers. We’ve taken care of hundreds of roofs for Washington homeowners. Contact us today for assistance and a free estimate.