Choosing a Roofing Contractor for Your Roof’s Repair
Your roof is crucial to the structural integrity of your home. When you have a problem with your roof, such as a leak or physical damage from a fallen limb, it’s incredibly stressful. Here at Geo Roofing, we completely understand the stresses that come with significant home improvement projects such as roof repair or replacement. One of the best ways to alleviate that stress is to hire a reputable roofing contractor to complete the repairs. However, not all roofing contractors are equal. We’ve put together a list of questions to ask a potential roofing contractor to ensure you have the best experience possible during the roof repair process.
10 Questions To Ask Your Roofing Contractor
Here’s a list of ten questions to ask your roofing contractor before deciding on the best roofing company for the job. Reputable roofing contractors don’t mind if you ask a lot of questions, be wary of a contractor who acts annoyed or avoids your questions. For more information, check out our blog on storm chasers and ways to identify roofing scams.
1. Do You Have Past Customers I Can Talk To?
One of the best ways to determine whether you want to work with a roofing contractor is to hear other people’s experiences. Beware of any roofing contractor who isn’t able to put you in contact with previous customers or point you toward past customer reviews.
2. Do You Have Proper Licensing and Certification?
To protect yourself and your property, make sure to ask any potential roofing contractor if they have the proper licensing and certifications applicable to the repair or work. You should also ask your roofing contractor if they have insurance. Ask for proof of these things. Beware of any contractor who avoids answering this question or providing proof of licensure.
3. Is a Building Permit Required For My Project?
Any reputable contractor can answer whether or not your repair or project needs a building permit. You should also ask if the contractor will pull the permit for you. Many contractors offer this service, but it’s important to clarify so that you’re not scrambling at the last minute to obtain a permit.
4. What Steps Do You Take To Ensure Your Workers’ Safety?
Any time someone is working on your home, you want to know that they’ll be safe in the process. Make sure to ask your roofing contractor what steps they take to make sure their roofers are safe. Ask if they follow OSHA guidelines and what sorts of harnesses or preventative measures are in place.
5. What Steps Do You Take To Ensure the Protection of My Home and My Family?
Everyone’s heard the horror stories of contractors coming to the house and leaving dangerous tools or materials lying around. Ask the roofer what steps they take to ensure your property and family is safe for the duration of the project. Beware of a contractor that doesn’t seem to have a specific plan or procedure for worksite cleanup.
6. When Will You Be Able To Schedule My Project?
One of the most important questions to ask a roofing contractor is about scheduling. Make sure that the contractor can complete the job at a time that’s convenient for you and your family. It’s best to get a concrete answer to this question and be wary of any contractor that can’t answer it.
7. How Long Will My Project Take?
Another essential question to ask your roofer is about the timing of the project. It’s necessary to know how long to expect contractors at your home, and timely completion is an outstanding quality to look for in a roofing contractor.
8. What Jobs Have You Completed Locally?
A great way to vet a potential roofing contractor is to ask them about completed projects in the area. Unless you live in a remote area, a reputable roofer should be able to provide a list of locally-completed roofing projects. Go and take a look at these projects. What’s even better is if the roofer has a job in progress that you can observe.
9. How Will You Access My Roof?
Ask the roofing contractor how their team will access your roof to complete the repair or replacement. Ask if they use ladder stabilizers or standoffs when accessing the roof to ensure that your gutters don’t sustain any damage during the roof repair process.
10. How Do You Dispose of Waste Material?
Depending on the type and extent of the repair required for your roof, the project could produce a lot of waste material. It’s easy to forget to ask this question, but you don’t want to be stuck with finding a container or disposing of the materials once the job is over. Most reputable roofing companies provide their waste disposal.
Other Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor
In addition to the above, you may want to ask your contractor a few other questions, such as:
- What is the warranty on your workmanship?
- What are your physical address and phone number?
- Will someone be onsite for me to talk to during the project in case I have questions?
- Will you provide a written estimate?
- What happens if the weather prevents you from completing the job at the scheduled time?
- How will the materials affect the repair cost?
- What are the manufacturer’s warranties on the roofing materials you use?
How Can Geo Roofing Help You?
If your roof needs repair or replacement, the experts at Geo Roofing can answer any of the above questions and more! As your local roofer in Phoenix, Geo Roofing is proud to serve a vibrant community. From tile roofs to commercial foam roofing, Geo Roofing can take care of all of your roofing needs, whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner. Call today to get started on your roofing project!