3 Important Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Roofing Company

Posted on: 3 May 2017

Do you own your own home? Is your roof old, starting to leak, or otherwise in need of repair or replacement? It's obviously a good idea to get your roof fixed sooner rather than later. Waiting could lead to damage on the inside of your home, resulting in even more expenses on your part. But deciding which roofing company to hire isn't always an easy task. Depending on where you live, you could have dozens of companies to choose from. While you may be able to find a suitable company by simply picking at random, there are a few questions that you should ask to make sure that you have the right company for you. Some of these questions include:

Have you fixed/replaced many roofs like this? If you don't have an asphalt shingle roof it's not a good idea to assume that every roofing company will be able to do the work. Clay tile or metal roofs can require specialized training and equipment to repair. Some companies may not find it worthwhile to invest in training or equipment that will only get used a few times per year. If you have a roof type that is slightly unusual for your area, it may be more difficult to find a roofer who has the right experience for the job.

Does the estimate cover everything? Not every roofing company writes estimates in exactly the same way. Some may include all labor costs, others may only include a nominal amount of labor and an extra line to tell you how much the work will be after that time is up. Some companies may give you a cost per item, such as boxes of nails or cases of shingles, but may not include the 5-10% additional that will ensure that there are enough supplies to complete the work. While not strictly dishonest, these types of quotes could wind up being several hundred dollars less than the final bill. In order to properly compare estimates from different companies, you'll need to make sure that the bills are as similar to each other as possible.

How long will it be until you can start the job? A good roofing company that is in high demand may not be able to start work for several months. If you're having your roof replaced as a precautionary measure, this may be okay. On the other hand, if your roof has an active leak, you'll likely want a remedy sooner rather than later. Fortunately, if you find a good roofer who won't be able to start immediately, they should have a solution. The roofing company can affix a tarp or plastic sheet to your roof in such a way as to prevent water from getting in through the leak. This probably won't be pretty, but it will help protect your belongings and keep them safe.