6 Things to Ask a Roofing Contractor

what to ask a roof contractor

A new roof is an investment you may make only a few times in your life.

So when the time comes, it helps to pose similar questions to any roofing contractors you decide to contact about the job.

1. What type of roofing do you normally install?

Some roofers install only asphalt roofing, while others may specialize in metal or another type. You’ll fare best with a roofer who is experienced installing the type of roofing you intend to purchase (if you’ve made that decision), or someone who can help you examine your options if you haven’t.

2. Can you provide references of nearby homes where you’ve installed roofing?

Make sure you call some of the references and ask whether the homeowners have had any problems with the roof since it was installed. Drive by the home to verify the quality of the workmanship first hand.

3. What should be changed about my attic ventilation?

Re-roofing presents an ideal opportunity to assess your attic ventilation. Ventilation can help make sure the attic space is not substantially overheating in summer, or suffering condensation in winter. You can ask a roofer or an HVAC contractor for an assessment of your airflow to determine whether ridge vents or soffit vents could help circulate air through the attic space.

4. What accessories do you use?

Take this opportunity to learn more about roofing components like drip edge, valleys, and chimney flashing. Drip edge, a small piece of metal placed under the shingle where it comes off of the roof, allows runoff to flow into the gutters, protecting the fascia and wood on your roof. Asking about drip edge will help ensure that this part of the roofing system is not skipped. We’re so passionate about accessories that we’ve even created a short animation on the importance of drip edge here. You’ll also find that replacing components like valley and eaves flashing is cheapest and easiest when re-roofing.

5. Will the installers on my job be subcontractors or employees?

Either subcontractors or employees could be well qualified to perform the labor. However, it’s important to know whether the installers are classed as employees or subcontractors. Depending on your state’s laws, you may need to make sure that any subcontractors are also insured in order to protect yourself.

6. Do you have insurance?

You’ll want to make sure your roofing contractor carries commercial liability insurance against bodily injury and property damage sufficient to cover any work related damages. They also need to provide worker’s compensation coverage for job related injuries and health risks. Don’t hesitate to ask for proof of this insurance, or even to call the insurance company to make sure their policy is in good standing. In addition, some states or cities may require that your contractor should be currently licensed to install roofing.

When you think you’ve found a roofer for your project, be sure to ask them about any manufacturer qualifications they hold (like Quality Edge’s Integra program). Also ask for specification sheets and warranties for the roofing products you’ll use. A few simple questions like these will help you protect yourself and your home when your new roof is installed.

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  • Scott says:

    I like that you recommend to drive by the houses of the references the contractor provides. I can see why this would allow you see the kind of work they do. If you feel comfortable doing so, you might even decide to talk with the owners of the house and ask about their experience with the contractor. I think that the more information you have the better.

  • I have been thinking about hiring a roofing contractor to do some inspections but I’m not sure where to start. I like that you recommend asking for proof of insurance before hiring them. If something happens on my property, I want to make sure they are covered. Thanks for the help!

  • Deb Pearl says:

    The roof on our house is just really old and doesn’t look very good, we would love to hire a roofer, but we don’t know how to find the best one. That’s a great idea to ask them if they can install all types of roofs. We wouldn’t want to accidentally hire one who couldn’t install the kind of roof we want! Thanks for the tip!

  • I noticed shingles on my roof that have started to fall off and curl so I’ve been thinking about having it inspected. I like that you suggest finding a contractor with liability insurance. I don’t want to be responsible for any injuries or property damage so I’ll be sure to ask about this right away. Thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks for going over some things to ask a roofing contractor. It’s good to know that you can ask them for some references so that you can possibly see their work in person. It definitely sounds beneficial to make sure that you give yourself enough time to check this out, especially if it can help you understand more about their experience and what they have done in the past.

  • These are some great tips for hiring a good roofer. I want to replace my roof, since it is over two decades old, and I need to find someone to help with that. I will make sure to talk to at least three different companies and get their estimates to compare.

  • Doyle says:

    Thanks so much for the information. I’m always on the hunt for quality roofing tips. Especially when it comes to how to choose the right company. Customers and homeowners should be more educated so they can make an easier, no hassle decision.

  • I know Haag certification is a good one to have if the homeowners are dealing with insurance claims. Not necessarily a requirement but certainly a plus! Great points!

  • Our roof is in really poor condition. We need to have our roof replaced. We are looking for a roofing contractor. As we look, we will be sure to take your advice and ask if they have insurance.

  • It helped a lot when you mentioned how you need to ask a potential roofer what type of roofs they usually work with before hiring them. It is important to remember that doing this can help you find the best one for your type of house. I understand that doing some research can help you find the best roofer in your area that can work with the type of roof you have.

  • Kristi Jencks says:

    A new roof is an investment that we make only a few times in our life. So we need to ask some questions to roofing contractors before we engage them in work. We must ask them what type of roofing they normally install. Roofing contractors generally install asphalt roofing ,but some also install metal or other types of roofing. We must choose the one who can install any type of roofing or specially the type we need. Our next question will be whether they have done roofing in near by houses that we can refer. We must also ask them about the accessories they use in their work. They should clearly tell us either they are employing subcontractors or employees in work. We should be sure that they are insured or they have commercial liability insurance.

  • Jay says:

    Replacing my roof would make a good opportunity to look at the insulation we have up there. It has been a few years since we had that looked at! I ma hunting for a roofer now, and I think I will start to look for someone who also offers help with insulation, just so I can get a package deal.

  • I like what you said about attic ventilation and how re-roofing can be an excellent opportunity to check up on that. My house has been very warm as you go upstairs and I’m thinking I need to look into how well insulated my roof is. I’ll have to get in touch with a professional roofer and see what can be done about it.

  • Gerty Gift says:

    We’ve been concerned about our roof for a while now and we are trying to find someone to take a look at it. I liked that you mentioned asking what type of roof they normally install. We think that we might have to replace our roof because of the state that it’s in and it would be nice to know what our options are in that area.

  • I like how you point out that you should ask for proof of insurance or call the insurance company to make sure that they’re in good standing. My roof is leaking in one spot, and I would really like to get it fixed before another storm rolls in. Your tips should help me find the right roofing service to fix it for me.

  • I like that you say to ask different roofing contractors what type of roofing they normally install. My husband and I are thinking of doing metal roofing, so we will make sure that the contractor specializes in metal installation. Also, you make a great point that you should ask if the installers on the job will be employees or subcontractors. This is important because you need to make sure that everyone working is covered by liability insurance in case of an accident.

  • Thanks for mentioning that you can ask a roofer for an assessment of your airflow to determine how you can improve your attic space when getting a new roof. After a storm ripped off all of the shingles and left a few holes in my old roof, I am looking to get a new roof installed that will withstand extreme weather better. I can also use this occasion to improve the airflow in my home because I’ve always had troubles with the temperature of my attic in the summer seasons.

  • We had a bad windstorm a month ago, and some of our shingles were blown off the house. We also noticed that some of them are curling, so we need to find a a roofing contractor to help us. I really appreciated that you mentioned to see if they have experience installing the roofing material you choose. Thanks for the great tips on how to choose a roofer.

  • Our roof is in a bad shape after the hail storm last weekend, it has a lot of holed and leaks. It was mentioned here that when looking for a roofer we are to ask if they have insurance for any work related damages. Furthermore, it’s advisable to only hire professional roofing contractor for a quality work.

  • I am thinking of re-roofing my home this summer and I am looking for a quality contractor in my area. You make a great point that when looking for a roofer you should ask them if they can provide references of nearby homes that they have worked on. This way I can go and see the houses for myself and if I like the style of the contractor. Also, I think it is important that they provide quality customer service and are easy to work with throughout the project.

  • It’s helpful for us to know what to ask a roofer. I like how you said that we should ask about our attic ventilation. We’re hoping to improve our home’s energy efficiency, along with getting a new roof, so I’ll find a company that can do both of those things.

  • I really like how you mentioned that I should pose the question of what type of roofing the roofing company installs. This is actually a really big concern for me because my wife and I are wanting a new kind of roofing material on our house and we are wanting to hire someone who is skilled in that specific kind of material. We’ll have to look into what our options would be and find out what kind of material we want exactly.

  • Hector Uba says:

    Thanks for the tips on what to ask a contractor when you are in need of a roofing job, they were very helpful. I agree it’s important to find a contractor that has insurance, there are a lot of things that can happen on a roof and you want to make sure they are covered. My cousin needs to get some work done on her roof, I will be sure to share this information with her.

  • I really like the questions that you shared to ask a roofing company like what type of roofing do you normally install. That is a really great question that I should keep in mind while I look for a roofing contractor because my wife and I are interested in the slate roofing and we think we might want that on the house that we are building. Hopefully, we can find a roofing company that can help us with that and getting it installed.

  • I really like that the final question included in your article is about whether or not the roofing contractor has insurance. After all, whenever somebody is working up on a roof there is always going to be a chance for an accidental fall no matter how safe you are. Because of that, you’ll want to make sure that the contractor is covered just in case there is an accident while they’re working on your roof.

  • Gerty Gift says:

    I really liked your suggestion to ask about any nearby homes where they’ve installed roofing. My husband and I have been talking about getting our roof replaced since it would just cost too much to repair everything. It would be great to be able to see some of their work before we had them start working on our home, so that we know what to expect.

  • Millie Hue says:

    Thanks for explaining that a roofer should have proper insurance to be able to cover any damage or injury that can happen during the project. I will definitely share this information with my sister who plans to replace their whole roof. It appears that it got damaged due to the falling branches from the trees that are near their roof. They also plan to get it replaced because it is also quite old already.

  • Alex S says:

    Information provided was very helpful of the things that we need to know about the roofing installation and also about
    the contractors that before we will going to hire them we need to ask and make sure that there will be a proof of insurance
    that will be covered in case of an accident.

  • Thanks for sharing tips on what we ask a roofing contractors when we need to roofing job. These tips very helpful for us. Keep up the good work. Here I am here, here is one more website that you missed https://www.mkcustomroofing.com/ also provides roofing services. I hope you look it once.

  • I really like what you said about making sure you call some references. I think my sister had some roofing work done recently so maybe I should ask her for a reference. My roof has been needing some work for a while now and getting some quality work done on it is important to me. Hopefully, I can get in touch with some references and find a good quality roofing contractor.

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