When hiring a roofing contractor, it’s important to do your due diligence. Not all roof contractors are the same — and there are quite a few who will take advantage of you if the opportunity presents itself. Because of this, make sure to ask the right questions when speaking with a contractor.

Are you the right contractor for me?

A good contractor will not only listen to what your needs are, but they will ask you a lot of questions as well. They should also explain exactly how their roofing services can help meet your specific needs.

Are you local to me?

Local roofers are more familiar with the local climate, which means they can make more informed decisions in regard to the use of materials. They are also familiar with local building codes and regulations. Additionally, out-of-town roofers are often trying to take advantage of recent storm damage and are less likely to give you the service and end result you deserve. 

How long have you been in business?

Experience matters. The more experienced a roofer is, the more likely they know what they’re doing. Not to mention roofers who have been around for a while tend to have a good reputation.

Who will be installing my roof?

Some roofers may not have their own team of employees. Instead, they subcontract out the work. It’s better to work with a roofer who installs your roof using their own full-time employees and who isn’t trying to save money by outsourcing to cheaper sub-contractors. 

What training and experience does the crew have?

Ask the roofer how much training they provide to their crew. You’ll want to make sure the crew works on your roof isn’t just properly trained, but also has experience with roof installations.

Have you been trained by the manufacturer?

Certain roofing manufacturers will train roofers on how to correctly install their products. Roofers who are certified by manufacturers are more likely to do a good job installing their roofing products than roofers who have not been certified. This is important because a high-quality roofing product isn’t going to do you much good if it’s installed improperly.

What past customers can I talk to?

A reputable roofing contractor will have no problem providing you with a number of references you can call. Roofers who can’t provide references or refuse to do so probably shouldn’t be trusted.

When would you be able to schedule my job?

Some roofers are busier than others, especially during certain parts of the year. Before you hire a roofer, make sure their schedule will align with yours.

How long will my project take?

Always ask how long the project will take. When you speak to multiple roofers, they should provide you with similar estimates. Be wary of a roofer who says it will take much less time or much longer than what everyone else is telling you.

Do you have proper licensing and certification?

The roofer is more likely to do a good job if they are properly qualified. This means they should have the proper licensing and certification. They should be able to show you proof of both.

Are you fully insured?

Accidents happen. The last thing you want is to get stuck paying an insurance claim for damage to your home injury to any workers. Be sure to ask for proof of insurance as well.

Do you have Workers’ Comp?

Make sure the roofer has workers’ comp in the event one of their crew is injured working on your property.

Is a building permit required for my project? Will you be pulling it?

A roofer should be familiar with all local building permit requirements. If they aren’t, this is a problem. If a building permit is required, they should be the ones to pull it. 

What safety precautions do you take?

A good roofer is one makes safety a priority. Ask them about the safety precautions they take to ensure the safety of their crew, your property, and your family.

Do you provide a written estimate?

Only trust a roofer if they provide you with a written estimate. Without one, they could go back on their word and charge significantly more than their initial estimate.

Do you offer a Workmanship Warranty?

Workmanship warranties are an indication of the quality of services you’re paying for. A roofer who provides a long workmanship warranty believes in the quality of their own work.

Will you remove and dispose of the old roof?

If you’re getting a new roof installed you’ll want to work with a roofer who will remove and dispose of your old roof. Make sure to inquire whether they charge extra for this.

These questions should help you determine if the roofing contractor is not only reputable and legitimate but if they are the right contractor for your roofing needs. To speak to a reputable roofing contractor in Jacksonville, FL, be sure to contact us at StormForce today.