1. Are you a licensed roofer or contractor?
In most states, a license in required. Research the code requirements in your area to see if a license is required from your roofer.
- Do you have insurance?
You want your contractor to have both workers’ compensation insurance as well as general liability insurance. Workman’s compensation only covers the employees on your property if they are injured. General liability insurance covers your actual property if something were to go wrong during your roof installation (example: your house burns down due to the mishap of the roofers).
- Are you going to remove my old roof?
You will want your roofer to remove your old and install a totally new roof. Do not let a roofer bribe you into installing the new roof OVER your old roof to save money. This will cause costlier problems in the future.
- What happens during inclimate weather while roofing?
It happens; the weather percentages aren’t always 100% accurate. If a storm comes through while your new roof is being installed the roofers will stop production, cover your roof with tarps and plastic covers, and reschedule when they are going to finish the project.
- Do you offer a warranty for my new roof?
Most shingles are either 25-year or 30-year; this is the life span of your shingles. However, in most cases, contractors will offer their own warranty through their company if anything were to go wrong after the installation.
- What is your full name and address?
Be sure to ask your contractor their full name and physical address. Research their company before signing a contract or hiring them. You want to make sure you are hiring a reliable, reputable company to restore your home.
Master Built Contractors
2010 G Avenue, Ste 900
Plano, TX 75074
- How long has the company been in business?
You want to hire a contractor that has been in business for at least a few years and has some experience in the industry. You need to be able to trust them for they are about to be installing a brand new roof where you will be sleeping at night. If a contractor has been in business for at least a few years then they will have previous customers. Ask them if you can have a few names and phone numbers to contact previous customers and ask them about their experience with the company.
MASTER BUILT CONTRACTORS
- Will you be using sub-contractors to complete my roof?
A lot of General Contractors hire sub-contractors to complete trades. Be sure to ask your contractor if he himself will be roofing your home or if someone will be hired to do the job. Regardless of the answer, this should not affect whether you should hire them as your contractor, it is just important to know who to look for on your property. Even if your contractor hires sub-contractors, in most cases, you will only have to work with the company you actually hired.
- Do you offer a written contract?
You want to make sure your contractor provides a written contract. This protects you and ensures that your roof will be completed and protects the contractor that you will pay in full for the trades being completed.
- Do you have any homeowner references?
Like stated above, if a contracting company has been in business for at least a few years they will have previous customers. They should be willing to give you names and phone numbers without hesitation if they are a good, reputable company.