When choosing a roofing contractor to make repairs or install an entirely new roof on your home, you want to know that you have chosen the best. Roofing contractors should have a few key qualities that will help you decipher whether they are a good fit to repair damages to your roof. If you are looking for a roofing contractor in Arlington, or the DFW area, Platform Roofing is who you need to call. Not only will we be able to answer all of the 7 questions listed below, but we will make the entire process easy and ensure that the quality of work we provide is nothing short of amazing. Here are 7 questions to ask a roofing contractor before hiring:
1. Do you have a license and insurance?
This question is crucial for many reasons. Most states require a roofer to be licensed in that particular state, however all code requirements vary in each state. If a roofing contractor does not have insurance and injury occurs while working on your roof, you are liable for any medical expenses the contractor may have. It is important for your chosen roofing contractor to have a license that is in good standing within your city.
2. How long will it take for repairs or installation?
This question should be answered once an initial inspection of the roof is done. The roofing contractor will assess the damage and prepare different repair options for you. Depending on which option you choose, a timeframe will be set out for the repairs. You should also ask the contractor what will happen if the roof is not complete in the time originally proposed. It is always better to ask these questions ahead of time so that there won’t be any surprises or unexpected issues that arise.
3. Who will be the contractors actually working on my roof?
Many roofing companies subcontract the work because keeping a large staff on payroll all the time isn’t feasible during slow seasons. Most companies will have subcontractors on retainer and are able to fill roof repair and installation requests in a reasonable amount of time. They also usually only work with subcontractors who they know and trust for quality assurance. If the roofing company does subcontract out the work, make sure you have all of the information you need such as their name, insurance, license, and contact information. Many people will choose to also get in contact with the exact person who is leading the project for your home.
4. Do you have references or are you BBB accredited?
Asking for references may sound strange but if you want to look at the contractors previous work, this is the best way. Plus, being able to talk to previous clients and see what their experience was like working with this specific roofing company can really help you decide if this is the best fit for your roofing needs. A BBB accreditation shows proof that the Better Business Bureau has determined that the company meets all accreditation standards and that company commits to resolving any consumer complaints in the most professional way possible. After being given references and a BBB accreditation, you should feel comfortable hiring the roofing company you are looking into.
5. What are your payment terms and do you offer financing?
Many roofing companies offer payment plans for roof installations or roof repairs that are higher in cost. It may not be in your immediate budget to replace your entire roof, and if that is the case for you, make sure you find a roofing company that is willing to work with you and offer financing options at a good rate. If you are paying for the roof installation or repairs up front, make sure to ask about deposits, final payments, and forms of payment that the company accepts. All of these details are important to discuss before the start of a project or any contracts are signed.
6. Do you have warranties that will apply to the work needed on my roof?
Most roofing materials will come with some sort of product warranty that is different from the contractor warranty. Make sure to ask other warranties that the contractor has and how they apply to the specific job they will be performing on your roof. Reputable roofing companies will stand behind their work with some type of warranty, those are the roofers you should look for when choosing a roofing contractor for your home or business.
7. Will you provide a written estimate and is there a chance that costs will change upon further inspection of the roof?
Usually contractors are pretty good at spotting the damage to your roof in the initial inspection. However, sometimes the damage is worse than originally anticipated. A written estimate is crucial for any type of agreement and should be as detailed as possible. Each step of the job from removing the old roof, to cleaning up the materials should be laid out in the estimate and costs should be clearly labeled. If for any reason the damage is worse after the first estimate, it should be discussed with the owner of the home and a new estimate should be drawn up to ensure that both parties are aware of the work that needs to be done and all charges that are expected to be paid in full.
7 Questions to ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring
With the above 7 questions to ask a roofing contractor before hiring, you should feel more confident in your search and the entire process overall. If you are looking for an Arlington roofing company, give us a call today. We would be happy to answer all of these questions and any other questions you may have.