3 Questions You Need To Ask When Looking For A Roofing Contractor

Posted on: 5 December 2018

Do you have a roof that has recently started leaking? Are you tired of dealing with your leaky roof but you aren't sure what you need to do now? Finding a roofer to fix your roof can seem like a daunting challenge if you've never had to deal with the situation before. But it doesn't have to be so challenging. Asking the right questions will help to ensure that you have chosen the right roofer for your needs. Some of the questions that you should be asking potential prospects include:

How long have you been in the business? Although similar, residential roofing installations are different from each other and can have unique challenges. The longer that a roofer has been in business, the better they will be to deal with any potential problems that may crop up during the installation process. A brand new roofer with little experience could potentially cause more issues than they solve when they work on your roof. If you do choose to go with a roofing contractor who hasn't been in business very long, you should at least make sure that he or she was an apprentice or otherwise worked for a more experienced roofer for some time before setting off on his or her own.

Are you able help with an insurance claim? If your roof was damaged by a storm and started to leak as a result of that damage, you may be able to get your insurance company to pay for some or even all of the cost of the new roof. Companies that provide residential roofing installations will often provide you with various proof and/or pictures to help you to file a claim with your insurance company. In some instances, they will even help you by filling out some of the insurance claim forms themselves to help expedite the process.

Can you provide a full written estimate? When it comes to residential roofing installations, it's not uncommon to find roofers who will provide only a partial estimate. In some cases, this is because they suspect that there may be dry rot and don't want to commit to any particular figure until they know for certain. In other instances, the roofer may provide only a very basic estimate in an attempt to make their prices more appealing. A good roofer will provide you with a more detailed full estimate when asked to do so.