6 Essential Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

6 Essential Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor
  • Author: Mahtab Idrees
  • Posted On: June 25, 2021
  • Updated On: July 3, 2023

When your roof needs repair, finding a reputable contractor takes work. You may have a friend who’s made a few roof repairs.

But that’s not who you want to call to replace your entire roof. So what do you do?

Keep reading to find 6 questions to ask a roofing contractor before hiring one to replace your roof.

1. Are You Licensed?

Know your state’s licensing requirements, local codes, and standards for roofing contractors. Consult the National Roofing Contractors Association for details. You can also use their website to find a licensed roofing contractor.

Before work starts, ensure your contractor obtains permits to perform the requested work.

Your selection of commercial roofing contractors comes down to quality and price. But it’s also a great idea to check your contractor’s status with the Better Business Bureau. Find out if critical complaints against the contractor or their business.

2. How Long Have You Been in Business?

Newer roofing contractors may offer great service. But they may not have the depth of knowledge found with experienced contractors. And it’s difficult to assess if a new contractor has the capital to stay in business.

Most times a young company provides services at a lower price. Unfortunately, this makes it hard for their business to survive. So you could end up getting a new roof warranty from a company that goes out of business.

3. What Insurance Coverage Do You Have?

The law requires workman’s compensation insurance. But you should ask for proof of your contractor’s compliance. You could find yourself liable for uninsured contractors hurt while on your property.

Also, ask for a certificate of general liability insurance. This protects you against property damage caused by a contractor. Reputable roofing contractors likely have both insurance coverages but always confirm.

4. Will You Provide an Estimate?

Know what’s included in the price before you sign a contract. No matter which of the local roofing contractors you select, get an estimate. Ask for an itemized quote and review all line items.

Find out if the price includes a warranty. New shingles should provide the same 25-year warranty, if not more. Avoid accepting anything less.

5. What Types of Roofs Do You Install?

Research available roofing materials. Your choice of a contractor may vary depending on your preference of material. Choose a contractor with experience installing the roofing material you desire.

For example, many people opt for metal roofs. If that’s the case, it’s best to question metal roofing contractors. Find out how many roofs they’ve installed that match the specifications of what you want.

6. Can You Provide References?

A roofing contractor’s past customers can provide valuable feedback. That is the best way to learn about a prospective contractor’s quality of work. Be sure to request references from their most recent customers.

Question to Ask a Roofing Contractor

Hiring a roofing contractor requires research. You can find helpful information online. But posing these 6 questions to contractors gets you the answers that matter most.

Explore more of our blogs for the latest developments in the construction industry.

Avatar photo
Author: Mahtab Idrees

Mahtab is all about lifestyle, home improvement, and interior decor trends. Her role as associate editor at ConstructionHow has helped her to offer genuine ideas, information, and intricate details about the special home editorial projects. As an interior designer by profession, she is solely focused on the latest trends and shares homeowner’s concerns as she also is a proud homeowner of two properties in mainstream locations.