Replacing your roof is no small feat.
Before you hire a roofing contractor, you need to familiarize yourself with the process. Negotiating a good price for your new roof is just part of it.
A new roof will preserve your home’s value, give you peace of mind, and protect you against the elements. When it’s time to replace your roof, make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
Here are six questions to ask your roofing contractor before hiring them.
1. Are They A Licensed Contractor?
Roofing contractors in Michigan are required to be licensed by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs department.
Don’t feel embarrassed asking for a copy of their license. A license is an indication of care, professionalism, experience, and training.
A contractor without a license is better left alone.
2. What Insurance Do They Carry?
“Stuff happens,” and insurance is there to protect you from accidents and other unpredictable occurances. At a minimum you want your contractor to have general liability insurance and workers compensation.
You should require your contractor have insurance and that they provide you with an up to date certificate of insurance. Make sure you’re protected!
3. What’s Their Installation Process?
If your roofing contractor is typical, they’ll have more than one project going on any given day.
Don’t let your work become an afterthought to their other projects. The process must provide for quality control and a sense of accountability.
A reputable roofing contractor will have a crew foreman who is manufacturer certified onsite the entire time and a project supervisor who will also periodically visit to oversee the process. Don’t accept “experienced workers” as a reason for the lack of onsite supervision.
A reliable and knowledgeable individual on the job will make for a painless and stress-free installation.
4. What’s Their Workmanship Warranty?
While the manufacturer of roofing materials typically offer a warranty on their products, the roofing contractor will typically offer it’s own warranty on workmanship. You might purchase a shingle that’s warrantied for 20 years but the contractors workmanship warranty is only one year.
Plus, the manufacturer’s warranty is only valid if the materials were installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. If you’re working with a new or inexperienced roofing contractor will they install according to manufacturer’s specifications and will they be around when you have problems?
Make sure you’re protecting your investment by asking about their warranty.
5. Can I See Some Reviews?
Like checking on a restaurant you’ve never been to, reviews are important even with roofing.
A good roofing contractor should have online reviews with Google and the Better Business Bureau. A reputable contractor is focused on pleasing their customers and reviews are an easy way to see previous customer experiences.
Take the time to research and sort through reviews before reaching out to a roofing contractor. Once you’ve narrowed down the field, then reach out for a free roof inspection.
6. How Long Have They Been in Business?
The more experienced a roofing contractor is, the better. Like any other business, professionals that have been in the industry for decades have the most experience.
It’s best to get some background on the business as a whole. There are plenty of situations where contractors open, do a few jobs, and then close after a short period of time.
Don’t hire a new or inexperienced contractor for your project. Trust an established company to ensure upfront quality and back-end support.
Choose a Roofing Contractor
Now that you have all the information, it’s time to choose a roofing contractor.
Don’t be afraid to ask the important questions before agreeing to a contract. A roof is an important investment for any home. Make sure you’re getting the right level of service.
Be prepared for the next step in the roofing process. Before you hire, do the research.
If you want a quality roofing contractor without the hassles, you can trust Above Roofing.
Family-owned since 1996, our founder Robert Freeman started Above Roofing to create an honest business model. We understand a roof is a significant investment and you deserve to have it done right from the start.
Don’t compromise with a contractor that doesn’t value you first. We take communication, integrity, and expertise seriously.
If you think you’re in the market for a new roof, schedule a free roof inspection today. Give us a call and we can get you started in the right direction.