9 Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor


question mark underneath a roofWhen purchasing a new roof, from picking a quote to choosing the type of roof, there are many variables to consider. With so many decisions to make, especially with selecting a roofing contractor, you want to ensure you are getting a professional with a long-standing and reputable track record. To help ease the burden of the roofing process here’s a shortlist of questions to ask your potential roofing contractor.

1. Are you local?

Outside of supporting local businesses, having a local roofing contractor gives you a physical location and phone number to contact them if you have any questions or problems with your roof. This also means they are familiar with local code ordinances, and you can have confidence in their expertise to properly install a roof.

2. Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?

All states are different in terms of their licensing requirements, but to some extent, all roofing contractors should be licensed in the state(s) they conduct business allowing them to work on commercial and residential properties.

A bonded contractor means they are backed by an insurance company or bank to guarantee ethical business practices and customer satisfaction depending on the type of bond. Acquiring bonds are typically utilized for commercial or larger projects.

Lastly, all roofing contractors should be insured with general liability and workman’s compensation.

3. How long have you been in business?

The longer a company has been in business, the more experience they possess. Thus, the company is likely staying around if there are any future issues with your roof. This gives you an outlet to reach out and hold them accountable.

4. Do you offer a workmanship/roof warranty?

One of the most important questions to ask, you should make sure you get a minimum of 25-year warranty. Quality roofing contractors should be able to put their name behind their work and be proud of it for years to come.

5. Are you certified by shingle manufacturers?

Roofing contractors that are certified by shingle manufacturers are required to install their products precisely to their requirements. This also ensures consumers get the most out of their roof and prolong its lifespan.

6. Do you use roofing subcontractors?

You do NOT want to hear a roofing contractor say they use roofing subcontractors. If you run into a contractor that uses subcontractors, make sure to cross your t’s and dot your I’s. Get written verification that they have worker’s compensation, liability insurance, and lien waivers in the case your contractor doesn’t pay them.

7. How will you protect my driveway and property during the project?

There’s going to be a lot of material flying around your house for a few days while a new roof is being put in. Taking off the old roof and disposing of any material should be a cause of concern. Some roofing contractors will try and pull a fast one and hide a “not responsible for damage” into the fine print. Look closely and make sure they cover all their bases, and more importantly, your property.

8. Will you remove and dispose of my old roof?

This may seem like a no brainer, but some contractors will shingle over an old roof leaving any soft spots or water damage underneath. Be certain your roofing contractor will replace the old roof with a new one.

9. Will you install drip edge or edge metal?

A roofing contractor will know if you’ve done your homework if you ask this question. A drip edge is a metal flashing installed at the edges of a roof to keep water from your fascia and getting underneath various parts of the roof. Installing a drip edge protects you from potential damage and taking a few seconds to address this question can save you thousands down the road.

Your Local Roofing Contractor

Now you are well equipped to weed out the quality roofing contractors from the bottom of the barrel craftsmen. If you still have questions for a roofing contractor, give us a call. We would be happy to assist you in finding what you need.


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