If you are in need of roof repair and you want repairs done as soon as possible, it is time to seek out a professional, roofing contractor such as Acord Roofing. However, if this is the first time you need to hire a roofer, then there are quite a few things you need to know before you hire one. Things to ask before hiring a roofer:
- How many years has this roofing contractor been in business?
- What is the roofer going to replace?
- Is his team properly trained to handle your project?
- Is the roofing contractor licensed and insured?
- Does this roofing company have the special training that may be required to complete your project?
- Does the contractor offer a workmanship warranty?
What roof repair is actually necessary?
According to the newest building codes, it seems that if you have 1 or 2 layers of existing roofing, then you will need to tear them off prior to installing a new roof. This can be a bit costlier than you expect, so it’s recommended that you are financially prepared for this prior to hiring someone for the job. Be sure that you tell your roofer to replace the flashing as well, since many of them will take a shortcut by skipping it. On top of that, a special rubber membrane will need to be installed along the eaves to prevent the formation of future ice dams that may cause leaks.
Visit a project currently completed by the crew who may be doing your roof repair
You may have met a roofer that is also a great salesman and knows how to sell his services, but regardless of what he tells you, it is very important that you visit the job site where his team is currently working. This way, you can see firsthand the quality of roof repair or replacement they are capable of providing. If you are happy with what the quality of work and the crew, then you can proceed with hiring the roofer and his team for your roof repair.
The roofer needs to be licensed and insured
Depending on where you live, you need to make sure that the roofing contractor you hire is properly licensed and insured. By hiring someone who is licensed and insured, you are protected. When it comes to the insurance type, you should ask about worker’s compensation and liability compensation as well. If the roofer lacks the right type of insurance, he can leave you open to all kinds of risks, ranging from personal injury to property damage.
Special certifications and training is required for the manufacturers of certain roofing materials before they can allow contractors to install them. Because of that, it is very important that you ask your contractor about the brand of roofing products they use and which of them they are qualified to install. Usually, if the contractor is qualified to install a wide range of products, then there is a good chance he is going to do a very good job with your roof repair.
When it comes to manufacturers’ warranties, you should know that they usually do not include labor. That is something that is up to the contractor. 1 or 2 years is standard and it is best that you have it in writing.
The roofing contractor needs to have good communication skills
It is actually very important that you look for a roofing company that not only does a great roof repair job and finishes the project on time, but also someone that knows how to communicate with clients. If communication is poor, then there are certainly going to be some mistakes made along the way and those mistakes can end up costing a fortune.
Does the roofing company clean up after they finish the job?
While you may not think much about it, you should know that this can take up quite a lot of time and require a great amount of effort. After all, there is going to be a good amount of trash and debris to get rid of, so that is why you need to know whether the company also includes cleaning in their bid or not.
Get a written contract
Last but not least, it is very important that you have a written contract that includes the scope of the project, the type of materials the roofer is going to use, the materials’ specifications and any other cost the project involves and the timeline agreed upon.
Finding a roofing contractor for your roof repair is not so hard if you follow these tips.
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