Do you own a building that needs a new roof? Do you need to hire a roofer but you're not sure how to find one to actually hire? Since roofs can go decades between repair or replacement, few people have firsthand knowledge of precisely what needs to be done in order to get a new roof. In order to find the best roofing contractor for you, here are some questions that you should ask each potential roofer:
Have you replaced or repaired many roofs like this before? Not all roofing materials are the same. For instance, metal roofs can have a vastly different installation process than a shingled roof. If you own a home and are thinking about converting to a metal roof, you may have to hire a commercial roofing company to handle the job rather than one that only handles residential roofs. For a wood shingle or clay tile roof, you'd again want to make sure that the company in question has had enough experience with this type of repair that they're not using your roof as "practice" material.
Do you have any references available? Whether you've got an unusual roofing material or one that is standard for your area, it's a good idea to check references before hiring any potential roofers. Almost anyone these days can put an advertisement online claiming that they are an experienced roofing company without having the actual experience to back up that claim. Checking out references is a good way to ensure that you have a legitimate roofer and not someone who is simply pretending to be one.
Are you licensed/bonded/insured? Not all states require roofing contractors to actually be licensed or insured. A good roofing company will at least be bonded and insured. If you hire a roofer who is not insured and one of the workers is injured while on the job, your homeowner's insurance may be required to pay out for their injury. Should they cause any accidental damage to your property, you could also have to file a claim on your policy. This, in turn, could make your homeowner's insurance rates go through the roof. So if you're thinking about trying to save a little money by hiring a company that has a lower estimate but that also isn't fully insured, you should skip that company and instead go with one that both has the qualifications and that is insured.
For more information, you will want to contact a company such as East Texas Roof Works & Sheet Metal LLC.
When I started looking for someone to build my dream home, I realized that I was going to need to be very picky about how I wanted things to proceed. Instead of just choosing anyone to do the work, I started realizing that I needed to work harder to find the perfect team of experts. I started looking everywhere for just the right people, and I was really impressed with one team that stood out to me. They built an absolutely breathtaking home for us, and I know that it might not have worked out that way had we worked with different people. This blog is all about interviewing contractors.