It’s time to get some work done on your roof, and you know that you will need to hire a roofing contractor. However, you also know that hiring the wrong contractor could be detrimental to your home, your wallet, or both. What questions should you ask your roofer before you make the decision to hire their crew? We’ve compiled some top questions you need to know the answer to before you sign any contracts! Read on to learn more from Houser Roofing.
“Are you licensed?”
Many states require roofing contractors to have a license in order to perform any roofing jobs, but all states are different when it comes to the rules and regulations. By finding a contractor who can answer “yes” for your state, you are ensuring that they know what rules to follow. One code is needed in Richmond, while another one entirely will be needed in an east coast state. The professionals at Houser Roofing are all licensed, so you can be sure that we know exactly what to do to take care of your home and roof.
“Do you have workman’s comp insurance?”
You will want your potential roofing contractor to say “yes” to this question, as well. Back in the day, those employers who had three or fewer employees did not need to offer workman’s compensation insurance, but now they are required to by law. However, some contractors skip this step to save money. This is a huge gamble, especially when work is being done on your property. If an employee receives an injury while working on your roof, then you may be forced to pay the medical bills instead. This is a huge loss that is not your fault, so make sure to hire a company that will protect its employees and will not expect you to do that for them.
“Do you carry general liability insurance?”
This insurance is just as important, as general liability insurance covers your property. If a contractor accidentally harms your car while trying to lower something heavy off of the roof (it could happen!), and the company doesn’t carry liability insurance, you may be stuck repairing your car on your own. When it comes to insurance, always ask to see a certificate that will list your name and address as being additionally insured. If you are hesitant, call the insurance company! Houser Roofing offers both workman’s compensation insurance and general liability insurance.
“Will you remove my old roof before replacing it?”
The answer should always be yes! Some roofing contractors try to save some time by inspecting an old roof and just adding shingles over the top. However, unless the old shingles are pulled up and inspected, you may never know what sort of mold and decay could be growing below. Adding shingles on top of a weak roof does no good whatsoever, and it can cause you quite a bit of grief in the long run.
We at Houser Roofing know that you need to be able to trust your contractors, so we encourage you to call us today. Check back soon to learn more important questions to ask your roofing contractor before you sign an agreement. We look forward to working with you!