What Should You Expect from Your Roofing Contractor?

If the roof on your home is in need of repairs such as replacement tiles or shingles or even if you’re considering completely re-roofing your home in order to add value to it or improve its eco- friendliness, you are probably going to hire a roofing contractor. If you have never hired a roofing contractor before you may be wondering what are the best things to look for when looking for a professional who will be able to do a quality job. There are a number of basic factors that you should expect to come as standard when hiring a good roofing contractor. In order to ensure that you get the best job done, we’ve put together some important and vital questions that you should ask any potential contractors that you are considering.

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Are You Licensed?

In most states, a good, professional roofing contractor should be licensed to practice their profession in the area that they are based in, and in many cases being unlicensed is actually illegal. There are a number of risks involved in hiring an unlicensed contractor, and by doing so you may think that you are saving money on the initial job, but the unfortunate truth is that you may have to pay out significantly if they do a botched up job.

Unfortunately, in some states like Texas licensing isn’t a requirement though. So, if you are looking for Fort Worth roofing contractors, for example, it’s vital to look for manufacturer certifications, and memberships in state associations. You might also want to check reviews on the subscription based crowdsourcing website Angie’s List for relevant up to date information. Of course, you can also ask friends and neighbors for recommendations as well.

Do You Have Insurance?

Along with a license to practice, a good roofing contractor will also have workman’s comp insurance that covers both themselves and their employees in the event of an accident. Roofing is a dangerous job, and no matter how many safety precautions are taken there is still the risk of an accident occurring which could result in injury or worse. If you hire a contractor who does not have insurance, you run the risk of having to pay out thousands in medical bills if a workman is injured on your property. Good roofing contractors will always have insurance and be able to provide proof of this if requested.

Can You Remove my Old Roof?

If you are planning on re-roofing your home completely, you will need to make sure that the roofing contractor that you hire is willing to completely remove your old roof. Many roofing contractors try to save time and money by inspecting the old roof and attempting to shingle over it instead, which means that you’ll never know if there are soft spots or other issues underneath the old roof. When choosing a roofing contractor, opt for one who has the motto ‘a job worth doing is worth doing right’ in order to ensure that you don’t run into serious roofing problems in the future due to their doing a rushed job.

If you can think of any other questions that are important to ask a roofing contractor, please leave your response in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.

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