5 Major Questions to Ask a Roofer Before Hiring
By Evane Go
By asking these questions, you can be sure that the roofer you hire is one of the most trusted in your local area and will therefore give you quality roofing replacement.
Q1: Do you have a license?
Most of the states in the US require that roofers are licensed. But take note, however, that each of the 50 states has different licensing regulations. So what should you do? Take time to research about the licensing requirements in your locality. If your state requires that roofers or contractors must be licensed in order to deal with clients, then only go for those license holders. That way you are assured of the state’s protection whenever something goes wrong in the future. Also, see to it that their license are up to date. Check the approval and expiration date.
Q2: Do you insure your roofers?
In the past, those contractors who have 3 or less roofers are not required to get a worker’s compensation and liability insurance. But things have changed and this is now a must under the law. However, there are still roofing contractors and part-time roofers who are not heeding this requirement. And, obviously, the reason is because insurances can be expensive, an additional burden on them. So they take chances. But the real problem occurs when they work on a roofing project and they get injured or the contractor’s roofers are injured. Without the proper insurance, you can be held liable to pay the medical bills of the injured roofer. So another expense on your part. So always check if the roofer is not just licensed but also insured.
Q3: Do you have a general liability insurance?
This time, you need to look for the roofer’s general liability coverage. This insures your property while they are working on it. For example, one of the contractor’s roofers accidentally put your house on fire after their welding equipment was left unattended. If this happens, you cannot demand from the company to actually pay for the loss because they do not have the general liability insurance. Instead, you have to shoulder everything to regain what you’ve lost in the fire. To avoid this, do not just trust what the contractor says. Exert due effort to check their insurance document. Once you know who the insurance provider is, call the company to validate the information.
Q4: Do you take the old roofs out?
There are roofing contractors who will try to ask your approval to just check the old roof by plain view, using their own eyes, claiming that this can help them save money. And then if everything looks fine to them, they will just put shingles over the old ones. This is wrong. The truth of the matter is, the old shingles must be pulled out in order to see if it has damaged areas or rotten parts. If the damaged parts are not detected, you can have more problems and spending in the future.
Q5: Do you put drip edge in your installation?
The drip edge gives way to runoff waters, instead of flowing into the gutters. Thus, this protects the roof’s wood and fascia. If this piece of metal is not installed, you can expect water damage problems soon. Significantly, some roofers do not include edge metal placements in their roofing process. So you better ask the contractor first if they do install this or not.
Aside from checking out the contractor’s background in your local area, you’d also need to know their roofing processes and whether or not they are insured and licensed. Also, see to it that their roofers have compensation and liability insurance. With all of these in positive vibe, your contractor can be your great choice.