Hiring a Roofing Contractor? 7 Questions to Ask Before Getting an Estimate

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Roofing ContractorYour home is one of the biggest financial investments you will make in your life. Preserving that investment is top priority. Your home’s roof is the critical component to a safe, warm living environment and an important investment. When your roof needs to be replaced, hiring a roofing contractor with the proper credentials and experience to install the new roofing system right is an important investment that needs serious attention.

Here are some of the best questions to ask before you hiring a roofing contractor to avoid any scams and find the best company to do the job.

Does the roofing contractor or company carry insurance?

This is the most critical question to ask because if the roofing contractor does not carry insurance, you will be responsible if something bad happens on your property. All roofing contractors should carry both liability and workers’ compensation insurance. General liability insurance will cover you if anything happens to your property, and workers’ compensation will cover you if someone is injured on your property. Before hiring a roofing contractor, ask for their insurance agent so you can call them to get a certificate of insurance.

Answers from All Weather Tite: We make sure our work and our workers are fully insured to protect you and your assets. We carry liability and workmen’s compensation insurance specifically for roofers, which covers you if there is an unfortunate incident on your property. We will give you the name of our insurance company so you can call to get a certificate of insurance for both liability and workmen’s compensation.

Are the roofing company and roofers properly licensed?

Contractors are required to be licensed in every state, and hiring a roofing contractor who is not licensed could indicate a scam or someone who will be doing substandard work.

Answers from All Weather Tite: We are fully licensed and use seasoned professionals who are willing to take the time to complete repairing or replacing your roof the right way. We take pride in hiring experienced tradesmen and providing our customers with the highest quality workmanship.

Does the company provide a warranty for materials and workmanship?

Ask the contractor for information on the manufacturer’s warranties for the roofing materials so you will know your rights concerning defective products and what circumstances could void the warranty. In addition, ask the roofing contractor if they offer a warranty on their workmanship and for how long. A reputable contractor will stand behind their work and cover issues in the event there are problems.

Answers from All Weather Tite: We offer a 25 year warranty on workmanship and use shingles from GAF that carry a lifetime warranty. We use top quality materials from industry leaders like GAF, TAMKO, and VELUX to ensure your roof will stand the test of time. We are very particular about quality and craftsmanship to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied.

How long has the company been in business and can they provide references and testimonials?

New roofing companies aren’t necessarily bad quality, but in the roofing business, a company that has been in business for 20 or 30 years must have developed a strong and trusted customer base. Past customers can give you some of the best insights on what it was like working with a company. If most of the comments are negative, you will want to consider looking for another roofing contractor.

Answers from All Weather Tite: We have many customer testimonials on our website, on Angie’s List and other review sites. We constantly strive to ensure our customers have a great experience with our company. We’ve found that customer reviews are very helpful in keeping our business thriving and are very important to our online visibility. Our past customers love us, and so will you!

Does the contractor clean up the site and remove all the old roofing materials upon leaving?

Cleaning up your yard and disposing the old roofing material after the work is done should always be included in the quote. Always ask a potential roofing contractor if they include this item so you aren’t stuck with a pile of debris in your yard that you’ll have to pay to have hauled away.

Answers from All Weather Tite: After the job is done we promptly clean up all materials. You’ll never know we were there!

Does the roofing contractor offer onsite inspections and estimates?

If a contractor tries to offer you an estimate over the phone, without also setting up an appointment to view the roof firsthand, you may want to consider another contractor. The size, shape and condition of the roof are all factors that can only be determined by an onsite inspection. The less than reputable contractors will give you a low estimate but continue to add on costs and fees. A reputable contractor will come out to the property to get a good idea of what is involved in the project and will provide you with a realistic quote.

Answers from All Weather Tite: You can request an estimate using our online form and will promptly come out to the home to take a look at the potential job. Once we have inspected the roof, we will give you a clear and concise estimate covering all the costs associated with doing the job right the first time.

Does the roofing contractor carry certifications with any roofing manufacturers?

Most roof systems require special application expertise to achieve lasting quality. A roofing contractor that carries a certificate with a roofing manufacturer ensures a quality job and the expertise to do it right.

Answers from All Weather Tite: All Weather Tite Roofing provides superior workmanship and uses high quality materials from the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, GAF offering the highest warranty in the industry. We have achieved the exclusive status of Master Elite™ Weather Stopper® Roofing Contractor. Only 3% of roofing contractors in the U.S. have achieved Master Elite status.

When it comes to hiring a roofing contractor, there are many factors to consider. By asking these questions, you will be able to determine the best roofing contractor for the job. When you select All Weather Tite Roofing to replace or repair your roof, you get the peace of mind knowing that you are working with professionals that use the best roofing products, offer the best service, and provide the best value of any roofing contractor. Contact All Weather Tite to find out why we’re the roofing contractors you can trust to do the job right!

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One Comment

  1. I like that you suggest to ask how long the company has been in business and if they can provide references. I can see why this would help you have a good idea how experienced they are and what kind of customer service they provide. My wife and I moved into a house a couple weeks ago that has a couple spots on the roof that will need to have repaired. I’ll have to be sure to ask this of the contractors we could possible hire.

  2. I like that you mentioned to find out if the roofing company offers a warranty on their materials and work. That way, you can know that they will stand by their work and fix any problems that come up. I want to have my roof replaced, so I am trying to find the right roofer. I will definitely ask about this as I search, thanks!

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