8 Questions You Must Ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring

Posted on April 30th, 2018 by Applied Roofing Services

If your roof shingles have been damaged due to a storm or have started giving way to leaking spots, it’s time you give a call to a professional and licensed roofing contractor for inspection, repair and replacement. A roof replacement is one of the most important home repair tasks for every homeowner. You need to be extra careful when hiring a licensed roofing contractor.

In order to find the right licensed roofing contractor in Los Angeles, ask your potential contractor these important questions before signing any contract:

What to Consider Before Hiring a Licensed Roofing Contractor

  1. What Is the Complete Name and Location Address of Your Roofing Company?

    Ask for the full name and address of the roofing company, along with the Post Office box of their physical location if applicable. A roofing company that lacks a physical location is a case for concern, so you should look for better options.

  2. Do You Employ Roofing Subcontractors?

    Ask if any portion of the job will be handled by a subcontractor. If so, ensure to verify the roofing subcontractor’s state license, insurance, previous work detail, before signing the contract.

  3. Do You Offer Any Warranty On Your Roofing Job?

    Ask about the warranty period of the work offered as well as the products being used by the roof repair company. Also, get a complete clarity on things covered under that warranty and the length of each. A roof warranty usually lasts for a year, but a few roofers also provide extended warranties.

  4. Are You Licensed in the State?

    The roofing company you hire must be properly licensed in your state. They should meet and exceed all standards put forward by a licensing agency because this will guarantee their reputation and the quality of their work. Every state requires different regulatory codes to give license to a roofer. Ask the roofer whether they follow the codes in your state and have an up to date license.

  5. Do You Have General Liability and Workman’s Comp Insurance?

    The roofing contractors that are bonded and insured are more likely to provide superior quality work. If any roofing work remains unfinished or damages the home, the company will cover the costs through the insurance. But, a company that doesn’t carry worker’s comp insurance will leave a homeowner liable to pay the medical bills in case any worker gets injured. Moreover, if a contractor doesn’t have adequate insurance, it will put a homeowner in litigation trouble. Ask the company to provide you with a copy of their license and insurance certificate.

  6. Do You Have a Local Office in the Area?

    Choosing a local contractor from the community has many advantages. A local contractor is better equipped with the rules and codes of the area and has a good relationship with the area suppliers. There’s also less of a chance of scams with a local contractor. Further, they can easily reach and fix any repair problem faster than a contractor whose office is outside your region.

  7. What are the Building Codes for the State?

    Having the right information about the building codes in your state is crucial to getting the work done without any issue. Check the building codes and rules for your state and ask the contractor the same question to verify their contract. Licensed roofing contractors are aware of all building permits and can obtain them as their contract.

  8. How Many Satisfied Customers Have You Served?

    If you want to hire a reputed roofing contractor, the testimonials by satisfied customers will give you a better idea. Ask the contractor about their past projects and, if possible, try to find out how satisfied their customers have been. For a start, you can ask your co-workers and friends about a good roofing contractor in your area. Look up their ratings by Better Business Bureau (BBB) and find out if they have any complaints made against them.

All the above questions and some research on your part will guarantee the right selection of roofing contractor for your roof repair work.

Also Read: Why Should You Go for Licensed Roofing Contractors
Also Read: 6 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Roof Repair Contractor

About Applied Roofing Services

Applied Roofing Services is a full service roofing company located in CA. We offer durable and high quality residential and commercial flat roofing. We provide roof installation as well as roof repair services, roof maintenance and inspection services. We specialize in low slope roofs, energy efficient, zero maintenance, and green roofing. We have 20+ years of experience in the roofing industry.

6 thoughts on “8 Questions You Must Ask a Roofing Contractor Before Hiring”

  1. I really like your tip to make sure that your roof is licensed in the state. There are so many people that don’t understand why it is important to have a license. However, it really makes a difference when it comes to the experience of the roofer. Do you have any other tips about finding a good roofing contractor?

  2. I’m trying to come up with a good way to get my roof redone. It makes sense that I would want to choose a good contractor carefully! I’ll make sure that I find one who knows what they are doing.

  3. Asking a roofing contractor how many satisfied customers they have is really a great way to choose one to hire. I think asking them this will help you see how confident they are in their skills. When I need my roof repaired, I’d like to hire a really confidence roofing contractor because then the job will get done much faster since they know exactly what they are doing.

  4. That’s interesting that roofing contractors who are bonded and insured are more likely to provide superior quality work. I’ve heard, too, that these insured companies may charge a little more than other companies, but that’s just to cover their insurance costs. As a homeowner, I feel like it’d be worth the extra cost to hire someone who is insured and bonded!

  5. It is good to know that reputation is important when it comes to finding a roofing contractor. It would be a good idea to ask the contractor how many satisfied customers he has served. My dad says that it is also a good idea to ensure that they specialize in installing the type of shingles you have selected.

  6. It was nice that you suggested asking a contractor to provide you with a copy of their insurance and licensing. I liked that you included that having a licensed contractor can help to ensure the quality of their work. The roof on my aunt’s home is falling apart. These tips could be beneficial for her to consider as she searches for a company to make her roofing repairs.

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