Use these ready-to-go, and to-the point questions to get you started with a roofing contractor.
Question 1: Are you licensed?
A valid roofing contractor will be licensed in the state you reside. All states have their own laws and regulations, so a roofing contractor might not be valid in every state. You should be aware of your state’s code requirements and make sure the roofer you hire has a valid and up-to-date license if the state requires it. Ask to see the license.
Question 2: What is your local address and phone number?
It’s a cause for concern if your prospective roofers don’t have a local physical address and way of contacting them. It lends itself to unreliability. If something goes wrong, how do you know you can reach a physical company for help or your money back? A good roofing contractor will have reliable contact information.
Question 3: Do you have liability/workman’s comp insurance for your company and any subcontractors?
The roofing company should have liability insurance to cover any damages to your property that may happen during the project. If the company doesn’t carry liability insurance, you could be the one responsible for paying for all the damages.
Workman’s comp insurance protects the employees of the company. Some roofers will try to skimp out on paying for this insurance. However, if they don’t have it, you could be the one paying for any medical problems and accidents that happen to the workers while on the job.
Ask to see proof of both insurances—don’t just take their word for it. You can also call the insurance company and ask to make sure you will be covered.
Question 4: What’s the warranty on a new roof and its materials?
A good roofing company will back up its work—they’ll have a good warranty (around 25 years). You’ll also want to ask them about manufacturer warranties on the materials they’re using. They’re two different things. Make sure you’re covered on both accounts.
Question 5: References?
You can ask them for references. They may or may not have specific ones depending on how private the homeowner was. You can also do your own internet research on company references and their roofing work for other homeowners. Make sure you do plenty of internet research on a company and that they have excellent reviews before you hire your roofing professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it normal to have ice gathering on nail tips in my attic during cold season?
A: It may be normal for the conditions, but it’s not good. Warm, wet air from your home is condensing and freezing on the nails in your attic. This can reduce the effectiveness of your insulation and may cause mold.
To fix the problem you may need to seal any areas where warm air is leaking into your attic. You may need a pro with the heat-sensing tools to tell you where you’re leaking air.
Also, reduce the moisture in your home by running fans when you shower or cook.
If you’re still having problems, ridge vents can be a great way to ventilate your attic. They don’t use energy like fans would. Talk to your home professional if the problem doesn’t go away.
Q: If my porch is leaking, do I need to re-roof my home?
A: Water moves in unexpected paths, so it can be difficult to nail down where a leak originates. The spreading of the water can also cause mold and damage in many areas of your roof.
You may not have to remove the roof to find the source of the problem. Damaged, corroded, or incorrectly installed flashing can cause porch leaking.
Before you start any big projects, get a couple quotes from trusted roofing professionals on the job. You may find the issue isn’t as bad as you think it is. However, if it is, it’s much easier to take care of the problem early on.