Finding a dependable roofing contractor can be a very difficult process. A subpar contractor can cause future problems on your roofing system, and could lead up to thousands of dollars in repairs! If your contractor is unable to answer all of these questions, then you may want to take your business elsewhere. Down below we’ve listed 6 questions to ask a roofing contractor:
1. Is your company locally owned?
Within every community, there are local building and installation codes that contractors must follow. Out-of-state contractors pay little attention to these codes and tend to come in after a big storm or natural disaster for quick and easy money.
They care little about properly installing your roof, following local state codes, or being there for you long after the job is done. A locally owned roofing company should follow state guidelines, install your residential or commercial roof properly, and be there when you need them.
2. How long has your company been in business?
Make no mistake, there are definitely reliable young roofing companies. However, more often than not young contractors do not know how to properly price certain home improvement projects and repairs. They usually make estimates rather cheap, which is great in the short run, but not the long run.
Because of their inability to properly price estimates, young companies usually go under rather quickly. It may be nice on your wallet for the time being, but down the line when there’s additional storm damage or ice dams, they won’t be there when you need them.
3. Is your company insured, licensed, and bonded?
Before you hire any contractor, be sure to ask them if they’re insured, licensed, and bonded. While some states and regions have different requirements for each, make sure your roofing contractor has all of the appropriate permits and paperwork to work on your roof.
- Insured: All contractors on site should be fully insured with general liability, and any company vehicles should have auto insurance as well.
- Licensed: Depending on the job, a contractor will require a certain kind of license. By registering with your state’s board of licensing contractors, a license can easily be obtained.
- Bonded: It’s good to have a little insurance just in case your current roofing company goes under; that’s the role of a bonding company. In the case that they’re unable to finish the job, then you can take it up with the bond company.
4. Is your company certified by a shingle manufacturer?
In the roofing industry, the best shingle manufacturers select and certify several top roofing companies in the local area. With these professional certifications, contractors are able to offer the best manufacturers warranties on these products. If you’re curious about a contractor’s reputability, then ask if they are certified by a shingle manufacturer.
In Montgomery County, CertainTeed is widely known to be one of the best manufacturers. And we’re proud to say CertainTeed has selected and certified us at Van Martin. For more information about CertainTeed shingles, click this link here.
5. What kind of warranties do you offer?
The best way to maintain your property and investment is through warranties. Ask your contractor if they offer warranties on their services. If so, ask what kind of warranties they offer; extending warranties, manufacturer warranties, limited warranties, etc.
A better warranty offered by a contractor shows how confident they are in their work, and how much they care for your property.
6. Who can I talk to if I have a problem?
Being handed off from one person to the next can be exhausting when seeking help. When the time comes for additional roof maintenance, it goes a long way if you’re able to speak with a roofing project manager, but even longer if you can speak to the owner.
If even for a moment, if they take the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions, it’s safe to assume that they really do care about your needs.
These questions to ask a roofing contractor should assist you in finding the right contractor for your roof.
What Van Martin Can Offer You
At Van Martin, we understand that you only want the best of the best working on your roof. We have a reputation that matches our service and are available whenever you need us next. Van Martin offers free roof inspections to all incoming and current clients, so don’t hesitate to call! You can reach us at (937) 222-7855, or schedule a free roof evaluation online today!