When it comes to choosing a reliable roofing company, finding one that will be able to perform your roof replacement perfectly is essential. The majority of roofing contractors are very skilled and reliable craftsmen, but due to economic restraints, there are unqualified and inexperienced tradesmen attempting to get in on the action.
Today we are going to look at some of the most important questions you should ask a roofing contractor before replacing your roof.
How Established Are You?
The first thing you will want to know about any roofing company you use is just how long they have been around. The longer the company has been in business, the better. If a company has been providing the same roof replacement service for a great deal of time, you can safely assume that they are reliable and trustworthy.
If you have any doubts in regards to the claims made by the company, you have a world of information available at your fingertips, and you can quickly clarify any claims with a simple Google search.
Are You Licenced?
In the US, it is usually a state requirement for any contractor to have a license. In Oregon, for example, you are required to complete at least 16 hours of training on business and law, and then you are required to pass an exam.
Most state licensing agencies also allow homeowner’s online access to verify the current license of any contractor they are looking to work with.
Are You Insured?
One of the most vital things that should be asked of any contractor is their level of insurance. With any contractor carrying out work on your home, you should expect two insurance types.
The first insurance is liability insurance; this insurance covers you if the roofing company were to cause any damage to your home or property. The second insurance type is worker’s compensation insurance. WCI will provide cover to any of the contractors or employees should they be injured on the job.
It is always essential to check that any contractor has these insurances, especially WCI. Without WCI an employee can take legal action against the homeowner should an accident occur.
How Good Is Your Team?
While there are technically no specific qualifications required to become a roofer, it is vital to get a feel for the team that will be working on your property.
Most reputable companies will send their teams on course refreshers quite regularly. If you are having a specialized roof fitted, it is always a great idea to ask if the team has been trained by the roof manufacturers.
Can I See An Example Of Your Work?
This is often one question that goes ignored but can help you get a feel for how the company works. Asking not for pictorial examples, but asking to visit an active project is a great way to get familiar with the company and their work first hand.
When you make this request, the request should, of course, be welcomed and answered with a huge yes. If there seems to be trepidation about this, it should be taken as a warning sign.
These are just a few of the questions you should be asking while getting a roof replacement estimate. We hope this helps you make a thorough list of questions to ensure you get a reliable roofing company when you need your next roof replacement.
If you feel you need a new roof or have concerns about the condition of your roof, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at (503) 659-7663 for all your roofing needs.