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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Roofer

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How to Find the Best Roofing Contractor for Your Home

Selecting the right roofer is perhaps the most important decision you can make for any roofing work. Without a quality, experienced roofer, your roofing project is doomed from the beginning.

So, how can you determine a good roofer from a bad one? We’ve created a little guide below so you can ask the right questions and find yourself the best roofer for the job.

Are they licensed, bonded, and have sufficient insurance coverage?

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Every respected roofing contractor will tick all three of these boxes. To be licensed shows that the company has registered with the state’s board of licensing contractors. When a contractor is bonded, it means that a bonding company has verified the contractor does business ethically and in the correct manner – it’s essentially the seal of approval that the roofing company is legitimate and can be trusted. The bond itself ensures that, should the roofing company go out of business before the job is completed or anything else go wrong, you will be able to rely on the bonding company.

It’s vital to ensure that the contractor has sufficient insurance coverage in case of accidental damage to your home during the roofing process. On the off chance that damage occurs as a result of roofing work, this can amount to thousands of dollars in repairs for you if your roofing contractor is not insured.

Remember: licensed, bonded, and insured is the trifecta of a roofing company you can trust.

Are they local and do they have references?

It’s best to hire a roofing contractor local to you so that you can easily locate and contact them if any issues should arise. Beware of storm chasers who visit towns and cities recently hit by adverse weather and knock on your door to offer roof repair. They are usually not licensed, bonded, and insured, and they are not local to the area, so they usually do a shoddy job on your roof and skip town before you realize.

You can always ask your roofing contractor for references of their previous work to gauge the quality of their services. A respectable roofing contractor will be happy to provide these references.

Will they respect and protect my property?

There are a lot of tools and materials involved in roofing, whether it’s a full replacement or just some repair work. A good roofing contractor will do everything they can to protect your property and ensure no damage occurs as a result of their work. You should ask them what steps they plan to take to protect your home.

Read the fine print of your contract, too, as some contractors will sneak in a clause that states they are not liable for any damage to your property.

A reputable and trustworthy roofing contractor will be happy to answer all of your questions and provide the relevant documentation and references you request. If you have any other questions or would like to get in touch about some roofing work, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Peach State Roofing!