Nothing haunts a homeowner like experiencing problems with their roof. It is a chilling thing to witness when rainwater drips into your home one drop at a time.
Hiring a competent, honest roofing contractor is a surprisingly difficult task. With the high stakes and higher expense of roof repairs or re-roofs, a homeowner must be especially vigilant about the roofer he or she hires for their roofing project.
At Premo Roofing Company in Salinas, we want to share our roofing knowledge. Below are some of the most common roofing questions to ask before you hire your contractor.
Do You Have Liability Coverage, Current License And Workers’ Insurance?
The answers to all three of these questions need to be “yes”. As a follow up, ask to see the relevant paperwork for these three things. If the roofer cannot produce them, chances are he does not have them. Look elsewhere.
Can I Have A List Of References?
It is crucial that you follow up on the roofer by checking his references, both previous clients and professional affiliations. If a roofer balks at providing you with these, again, look elsewhere.
How Much Is The Deposit On Repairs?
You will need to know how much up-front money the roofer requires before beginning the repairs, both for your own budget and to ensure that there is good faith money on the table. Never pay for the entire cost before work begins.
What Is The Time Frame For The Repairs?
This is important, in order to get the roofer to commit to an articulated deadline for completion of the repairs.
What Do I Need To Do To Prepare For Your Work Before You Begin?
This is an important step that many people often overlook. This can help you save time and money by allowing the roofer to get started right away when he shows up for work on the first day.
Will you provide me with a written lien waiver? Your roofing contractor should provide you with a written waiver at the conclusion of the job. This is a legal document, which says the homeowner has paid the roofer in full for the roofing project and the roofer waives his right to place a lien on your property.
Are you a member of any roofing associations? Contractors who are on the forefront of their field are always looking to learn about their trade. They do this to network with other roofing contractors and continue to learn the best practices in their trade.
Do you guarantee your work? The contractor you have chosen to complete your roofing project should guarantee their work. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable company that will be there if any issues do arise.
How many roofers will be on site during the roofing project? Make sure there will be more than four roofers working on the roof at one time. If not the roofing job till take much longer than necessary. Ask who will be in charge while the roofing job is going on.
Are your roofers certified in the products they install? Make sure the roofers that will be installing the roof are certified in the materials they are using.
Of the many questions you can ask a roofing contractor during the interview, the most important question is one you must ask yourself. Do I feel comfortable with and trust the person I am about to hire? The answer to that question should make your decision a little easier.