A roof is one of the most vital parts of homes because it keeps homeowners safe. It shields us and our family against rain, snow, hail, and lightning. That is why it’s so important that our roof is of high quality and in good condition. A roof is a major investment because roofs literally last for many years before needing a replacement.
A high-quality roof installation depends upon working with a professional and reputable roofing contractor. When you’re looking for a reliable roofing company, asking a few questions and a little research will save you from headaches in the future. If you want an investment that lasts a long time and adds value to your home, it is important to find out everything that happens during a roof repair or replacement. So, if your roof needs to be replaced or repaired, it’s important to know what to ask before you sign a contract.
1. Ask whether your roof needs to be replaced or just repaired?
Maybe your roof simply needs to be repaired, and not replaced. Sometimes, you might not notice any visible signs that your roof needs repairing. There is a difference in looking from the ground and inspecting the roof straight. Some signs that indicate need for repairing includes shredded granules on the ground and missing or damaged shingles.
If your roofs have suffered a severe storm or are weathered over time or have started leaking, it’s a good idea to have them replaced. Shingles are manufactured to last for 25 to 30 years, however, a 30-year roof will probably only last about 20 years. It is recommended to call a professional for inspection of your roof once a year for its proper maintenance. The roofer should investigate the condition of the roof and recommend whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
2. Can you provide a written contract?
Most importantly, ask if they will provide a written contract. Make sure the roofing company provide you a contract in writing, outlining everything you’ve agreed upon. This contract must include every detail, including the total cost of the job, materials used, labor charges, an explanation of the work, warranty, and insurance cover. A roofing contractor should carry commercial liability insurance. Make sure the roofer you’re hiring has complete roofing coverage, including workman’s compensation and liability insurance.
3. Ask how long it will take to have your roof replaced or repaired?
Often, hiring inexperienced roofer results in causing inconveniences and delayed work. You certainly don’t want workers in your home for weeks, creating a mess in your house. For this reason, it is necessary to ask how many days the work will last and what inconveniences will come along it. Typically, it takes about two to three days to replace the shingles on a roof. The work comes along with noise and you will need to park your car on the street because the roofing crew will need your entire driveway.
In addition to asking these three most important questions, it is equally important to research about the roofing company’s years of experience in the industry, level of workers’ skills, roofer’s reputation, and online ratings. Moreover, a reputable roofing company often holds memberships in some trade and professional associations which verifies their state licensing and commitment to their client’s needs.